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Definitions of preposition

  1. (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) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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 Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. A proposition; an exposition; a discourse. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. A word, followed by a noun or pronoun, as object, which shows the relation of the object to some other word; as, in the sentence. Mary went to the store, to is a preposition showing relation between store and went. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. A word placed before a noun or pronoun to show its relation to some other word of the sentence. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. PREPOSITIONAL. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. PREPOSITIONALLY. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Part of speech which expresses the relations between objects and governs a case. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. The part of speech that denotes the relation of an object to an action or thing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. A word usually put before a noun or a pronoun to show its relation to another word in the sentence. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. In gram., one of a class of words which express the various relations subsisting between verbs, nouns, and pronouns, and are nearly always placed before the words they govern. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. prep-[=o]-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. præpositio--præ, before, pon[)e]re, positum, to place.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  14. Indeclinable word serving to mark relation between the noun or pronoun it governs& another word (e.g. the italic wds in: found him at home, wait in the hall, what did you do it for?, the bed (that) he slept on, won by waiting, came through the roof, that is what I was thinking of). Hence prepositional a., prepositionally adv. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  15. n. [Latin] A particle governing, and generally placed before a substantive or pronoun, which is put in an oblique owe (in English, in the, objective), and of which it expresses the relation to some other word. Cabinet Dictionary
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