function word
noun Date: 1940 a word (as a preposition, auxiliary verb, or conjunction) expressing primarily grammatical relationship

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  • function word — noun A word that has little meaning when standing alone, but instead serves to express grammatical relationships with other words within a sentence, or specify the attitude or mood of the speaker, such as prepositions, pronouns, auxiliary verbs,… …   Wiktionary

  • function word — n. word that indicates mainly grammatical relationship (such as auxiliary verb, preposition or conjunction), form word …   English contemporary dictionary

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