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Pronunciation:  `prepu'zishun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a function word that combines with a noun or pronoun or noun phrase to form a prepositional phrase that can have an adverbial or adjectival relation to some other word
  2. [n]  (linguistics) the placing of one linguistic element before another (as placing a modifier before the word it modifies in a sentence or placing an affix before the base to which it is attached)

PREPOSITION is a 11 letter word that starts with P.


 See Also: closed-class word, function word, place, position



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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}.]
1. (Gram.) A word 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 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.

2. A proposition; an exposition; a discourse. [Obs.]

         He made a long preposition and oration. --Fabyan.