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What then in love can woman do? If we grow fond they shun us. And when we fly them, they pursue: But leave us when they've won us.
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English

Etymology

Old English of.

Pronunciation

Preposition

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of

  1. Belonging to or associated with.
    The properties of this substance are interesting.
    I could hear the sounds of heavy machinery and of workers.
    That person is a friend of mine and a friend of my children.
  2. Containing; comprising; made from.
    Could you bring me a glass of water?
    This is an unusually long list of examples.
    First, cut a small square of cloth.
    The suit was made of wool.
    His dog was full of fleas
  3. Connects a quantifier with the thing quantified.
    The team included several of the world's top experts in the field.
    The rocket reached a height of over 100 km.
  4. Connects a noun derived from a verb with the object of that verb.
    Some resisted the admission of the new members to the club.
    This chemical increases the conduction of action potentials in the neuron.
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Before.
    It's almost a quarter of four.
  6. Connects a jurisdiction to its name.
    The city of Lawrence is located on the Kaw river.
  7. Indicates the age of a person.
    That's a big responsibility for a boy of seven.
    That's a big responsibility for a boy of seven years.
  8. Indicates distance from, direction from, separation from, or deprivation from
    within a mile of the church, south of Omaha, robbed of one's money, out of the car

Usage notes

  • (belonging to or associated with): When applied to a person or persons, the possessive is generally used instead.
  • (containing, comprising, or made from): Of may be used directly with a verb or adjectival phrase.

Derived terms

Translations

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Verb

of

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Common misspelling of have.
    * I would of come. — “I would have come.”
    * She should of said.... — “She should have said....”
    * He couldn’t of done that.” — “He couldn’t have done that.”

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Dutch

Pronunciation

Conjunction

of

  1. (coordinating) or
  2. (subordinating) whether, if

of (...) of dat (...) [1]

  1. whether (...) or if (...)
    Ik weet niet of ik moet vertrekken of dat ik het haar moet uitleggen. — I don't know whether I should leave or if I should explain it to her.

of (...) of (...)

  1. either (...) or (...)
  2. whether (...) or (...)

of (...) dan wel (...)

  1. whether (...) or (...)
    In 1950 bij het referendum over de vraag of Leopold III, gezien zijn houding tijdens Wereldoorlog II, terug de troon mag betreden, dan wel moet aftreden, (de zogenaamde Koningskwestie), kiest 72% van de Vlamingen voor de terugkeer van Leopold III maar is er een meerderheid tegen in Brussel en Wallonië. — In 1950 by the referendum over the question of whether Leopold III, his attitude during World War II having been witnessed, should be able to come back to the throne, or should abdicate, (the so-called Royal Question), 72% of Flemings chose in favor of the return of Leopold III but there was a plurality against this in Brussels and Wallonia.

Derived terms


Icelandic

Adverb

of

  1. too
    Ég er of falleg.
    I am too beautiful. (referring to a woman)
    Ég er of fallegur.
    I am too beautiful. (referring to a man)

Old English

Etymology

Unstressed form of æf

Preposition

of

  1. Of

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