Definitions for prepositionˌprɛp əˈzɪʃ ən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. preposition(noun)

    a function word that combines with a noun or pronoun or noun phrase to form a prepositional phrase that can have an adverbial or adjectival relation to some other word

  2. preposition(noun)

    (linguistics) the placing of one linguistic element before another (as placing a modifier before the word it modifies in a sentence or placing an affix before the base to which it is attached)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preposition(noun)

    a word employed to connect a noun or a pronoun, in an adjectival or adverbial sense, with some other word; a particle used with a noun or pronoun (in English always in the objective case) to make a phrase limiting some other word; -- so called because usually placed before the word with which it is phrased; as, a bridge of iron; he comes from town; it is good for food; he escaped by running

  2. Preposition(noun)

    a proposition; an exposition; a discourse

  3. Origin: [L. praepositio, fr. praeponere to place before; prae before + ponere to put, place: cf. F. prposition. See Position, and cf. Provost.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Preposition

    prep-ō-zish′un, n. a word placed before a noun or pronoun to show its relation to some other word of the sentence.—adj. Preposi′tional.—adv. Preposi′tionally.—adj. Preposi′tive, put before: prefixed.—n. a word or particle put before another word—opp. to Post-positive.—n. Prepos′itor, a school-monitor. [Fr.,—L. præpositiopræ, before, ponĕre, positum, to place.]

Freebase

  1. Preposition and postposition

    Prepositions and postpositions, together called adpositions, are a class of words that express spatial or temporal relations or marking various semantic roles. A preposition or postposition typically combines with a noun or pronoun, or more generally a noun phrase, this being called its complement, or sometimes object. A preposition comes before its complement; a postposition comes after its complement. English generally has prepositions rather than postpositions – words such as in, under and of precede their objects, as in in England, under the table, of Jane – although there are a small handful of exceptions including "ago" and "notwithstanding", as in "three days ago" and "financial limitations notwithstanding". Some languages, which use a different word order, have postpositions instead, or have both types. The phrase formed by a preposition or postposition together with its complement is called a prepositional phrase – such phrases usually play an adverbial role in a sentence. A less common type of adposition is the circumposition, which consists of two parts that appear on each side of the complement.

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of preposition in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of preposition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Winston Churchill:

    From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.

  2. Ramana Pemmaraju:

    A man's attraction towards a woman is propelled by his innate feelings, while a woman is more sort of involved in a mental game, an impossible preposition of sorts, its like playing soccer in a cricket ground!”

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