preposition
noun Etymology: Middle English preposicioun, from Anglo-French preposicion, from Latin praeposition-, praepositio, from praeponere to put in front, from prae- pre- + ponere to put — more at position Date: 14th century a function word that typically combines with a noun phrase to form a phrase which usually expresses a modification or predication • prepositional adjectiveprepositionally adverb

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  • Preposition — Préposition Voir « préposition » sur le Wiktionnaire …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Préposition — Voir « préposition » sur le Wiktionnaire …   Wikipédia en Français

  • PRÉPOSITION — On appelle «préposition» une des parties du discours, invariable et toujours liée à un syntagme qu’elle régit et précède immédiatement (c’est le cas le plus général et le terme même de pré position l’atteste), qu’elle peut suivre (certains lui… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • preposition — 1. A preposition is a word such as after, in, to, and with, which usually stands before a noun or pronoun and establishes its relation to what goes before (the man on the platform / came after dinner / What did you do it for?). The superstition… …   Modern English usage

  • preposition — Preposition. s. f. Une des parties de l Oraison. Particule indeclinable qui se met presque tousjours devant le mot qu elle regit, Preposition de temps. Preposition de lieu. Pour un tel, contre un tel, devant les Juges, sur une table, dans un… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • preposition — abbreviation preposition. preposition [ˌprɛpə zɪʃ(ə)n] noun Grammar a word governing, and usually preceding, a noun or pronoun and expressing a relation to another word or element, as in ‘she arrived after dinner’ and ‘what did you do it for?’… …   English new terms dictionary

  • Preposition — Prep o*si tion, n. [L. praepositio, fr. praeponere to place before; prae before + ponere to put, place: cf. F. pr[ e]position. See {Position}, and cf. {Provost}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Gram.) A word employed to connect a noun or a pronoun, in an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • preposition — late 14c., from L. praepositionem (nom. praepositio) a putting before, from praepositus, pp. of praeponere put before, from prae before (see PRE (Cf. pre )) + ponere put, set, place (see POSITION (Cf. position)). In gr …   Etymology dictionary

  • preposition — Preposition, Praepositio …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • preposition — ► NOUN Grammar ▪ a word governing a noun or pronoun and expressing a relation to another word or element, as in ‘she arrived after dinner’ and ‘what did you do it for?’. DERIVATIVES prepositional adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • preposition — [prep΄ə zish′ən] n. [ME preposicioun < L praepositio (< praepositus, pp. of praeponere < prae , before + ponere, to place: see PRE & POSITION): transl. of Gr prothesis, PROTHESIS] 1. in some languages, a relation or function word, as… …   English World dictionary

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