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From Latin praepositio, from praeponere (to place before); prae (before) + ponere (to put, place); compare French préposition. (See position, and compare provost.) So called because it is usually placed before the word with which it is phrased, as in a bridge of iron, he comes from town, it is good for food, he escaped by running.
- præposition (archaic)
preposition (plural prepositions)
- (grammar) Any of a closed class of non-inflecting words typically 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.
- (obsolete) A proposition; an exposition; a discourse.
- To place in a location before some other event occurs.
- It is important to preposition the material before turning on the machine.
- Genitive singular form of prepositio.
preposition (plural prepositiones)
- (grammar) A word that is used in conjunction with a noun or pronoun in order to form a phrase.
- a preposition (part of speech)