Definitions for prepositionˌprɛp əˈzɪʃ ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

prep•o•si•tion*ˌprɛp əˈzɪʃ ən(n.)

  1. a member of a class of words that are typically used before nouns, pronouns, or other substantives to form phrases with adverbial, nominal, or adjectival function, and that typically express a spatial, temporal, or other relationship, as on, by, to, with, or since.

    Category: Grammar

* Usage: The common “rule” that a sentence should not end with a preposition is transferred from Latin, where it is an accurate description of practice. But the Latin rule does not fit English grammar. In speech, the final preposition is normal and idiomatic, esp. in questions: What are we waiting for? Where did he come from? You didn't tell me which floor you worked on. In writing, the problem of placing the preposition arises most often when a sentence ends with a relative clause in which the relative pronoun (that; whom; which; etc.) is the object of a preposition. In edited writing, esp. formal writing, when a pronoun other than that introduces a final relative clause, the preposition usu. precedes its object: He abandoned the project to which he had devoted his whole life. I finally telephoned the representative with whom I had been corresponding. If the pronoun is that, or if the pronoun is omitted, then the preposition must occur at the end: The librarian found the books that the child had scribbled in. There is the woman he spoke of.

Origin of preposition:

1350–1400; ME < L praepositiō putting before, a prefix, preposition. See pre -, position


pre•po•si•tionˌpri pəˈzɪʃ ən(v.t.)

or pre-po•si•tion

  1. to position in advance or beforehand.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of preposition:

1960–65; pre - +position

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)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. preposition(noun)ˌpri pəˈzɪʃ ən

    a word used to show time, place, or position

    prepositions such as "in", "on", and "to"

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

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a word put before a noun or pronoun to show how it is related to another word


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