Definitions for OFʌv, ɒv; unstressed əv or, esp. before consonants, ə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

of*ʌv, ɒv; unstressed əv or, esp. before consonants, ə(prep.)

  1. (used to indicate distance or direction from, separation, deprivation, etc.):

    within a mile of the house; robbed of one's money.

  2. (used to indicate derivation or origin):

    the songs of Gershwin.

  3. (used to indicate cause or reason):

    dead of hunger.

  4. (used to indicate material, substance, or contents):

    a dress of silk; a book of poems.

  5. (used to indicate apposition or identity):

    a genius of a pilot.

  6. (used to indicate possession or association):

    property of the church.

  7. (used to indicate inclusion in a number, class, or whole):

    one of us.

  8. (used to indicate the object of the action noted by the preceding noun, verb, or adjective):

    the ringing of bells; to write of home; tired of working.

  9. (used to indicate qualities or attributes):

    a woman of courage.

  10. (used to indicate a specified time):

    They arrived of an evening.

  11. before the hour of; until:

    ten minutes of one.

    Category: Dialect

  12. on the part of:

    It was nice of you to come.

  13. set aside for or devoted to:

    a minute of prayer.

  14. Archaic. by:

    consumed of worms.

* Usage: of with an adjective after the adverb how or too is largely characteristic of informal speech: How long of a drive will it be? It's too hot of a day for tennis. This is often criticized in more formal situations. See also couple, off.

Origin of of:

bef. 900; ME, OE: of, off; c. G ab, L ab, Gk apó

of*əv

  1. have: He should of asked me.

    Ref: Compare a4.

* auxiliary v. Nonstandard..

of-

  1. var. of ob- (by assimilation) before

    f: offend.

    Category: Affix

OF

  1. Old French.

    Category: Peoples

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. of(preposition)ʌv, ɒv; unstressed əv or, esp. before consonants, ə

    indicates what sb or sth relates or belongs to or forms a part of

    the name of the school; a friend of mine; a representative of the government; a piece of the puzzle; the beginning of the year

  2. ofʌv, ɒv; unstressed əv or, esp. before consonants, ə

    indicates what sth contains, or consists of

    a glass of milk; a group of protesters; a book of short stories

  3. ofʌv, ɒv; unstressed əv or, esp. before consonants, ə

    indicates a measurement or date

    a ton of cement; a tablespoon of butter; a rate of 2.2%; the third of August

  4. ofʌv, ɒv; unstressed əv or, esp. before consonants, ə

    showing or concerning sb or sth

    a picture of a family; an architect's plan of the building; the history of our country

  5. ofʌv, ɒv; unstressed əv or, esp. before consonants, ə

    indicates a specific example of a more general word

    the state of Pennsylvania; The thought of leaving worried him.

  6. ofʌv, ɒv; unstressed əv or, esp. before consonants, ə

    from a group

    a few of the boys; one of the books

  7. ofʌv, ɒv; unstressed əv or, esp. before consonants, ə

    indicates a particular number

    at the age of 5; a decrease of 20%

  8. ofʌv, ɒv; unstressed əv or, esp. before consonants, ə

    indicates what causes sth

    the effects of poor diet on your health; He died of a rare disease.; a fear of heights

  9. ofʌv, ɒv; unstressed əv or, esp. before consonants, ə

    indicates who created a number of works of art, music, etc.

    the music of Mozart; the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright

  10. ofʌv, ɒv; unstressed əv or, esp. before consonants, ə

    indicates who or what does sth

    the movement of the crowd; the mooing of the cows

  11. ofʌv, ɒv; unstressed əv or, esp. before consonants, ə

    indicates who shows a particular trait

    That was nice of him!; It was mean of you to ignore her.

  12. ofʌv, ɒv; unstressed əv or, esp. before consonants, ə

    indicates a number of minutes before an hour

    It's ten of four.

  13. ofʌv, ɒv; unstressed əv or, esp. before consonants, ə

    fifteen minutes before

    It's quarter of one.

Wiktionary

  1. of(Preposition)

    Expressing separation.

  2. of(Preposition)

    Expressing origin.

  3. of(Preposition)

    Expressing agency.

  4. of(Preposition)

    Expressing composition, substance.

  5. of(Preposition)

    Introducing subject matter.

  6. of(Preposition)

    Having effect.

  7. of(Preposition)

    Expressing possession.

  8. of(Preposition)

    Forming the "objective genitive".

  9. of(Preposition)

    Expressing qualities or characteristics.

  10. of(Preposition)

    Expressing a point in time.

  11. Origin: Unstressed form of æf

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'OF' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'OF' in Written Corpus Frequency: #9


Translations for OF

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

of(preposition)

belonging to

a friend of mine.

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