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Etymology 1

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] praepositio, from praeponere (to place before); prae (before) + ponere (to put, place); compare French préposition. (See position, and compare provost.)

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
preposition

Plural
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preposition ({{{1}}})
  1. (grammar): 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; — so called because it is 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. Prepositions are a heterogeneous class of words in some languages, with fuzzy boundaries that tend to overlap with other categories (like adverbs, adjectives, and conjunctions).
  2. (obsolete) A proposition; an exposition; a discourse.
    • He made a long preposition and oration — Fabyan
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Etymology 2

From pre- + position

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Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈpriːpəˌzɪʃən/

Verb

Infinitive
to preposition

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to preposition (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To place in a location before some other event occurs.
    It is important to preposition the material before turning on the machine.

Finnish

Noun

preposition

  1. Genitive singular form of prepositio.

Interlingua

Noun

preposition

  1. (grammar) A word that is used in conjunction with a noun or pronoun in order to form a phrase.

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