What does preposition mean?

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.]


  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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