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preposition uk   weak /əv/ strong /ɒv/ us    /ɑːv/

of preposition (POSSESSION)

A1 used to show possession, belonging, or origin: a friend of mine the president of the United States employees of the company the colour of his hair a habit of mine that revolting dog of hers the love of a good woman the complete plays of (= written by) LorcaBelongings and possessions

of preposition (AMOUNT)

A1 used after words or phrases expressing amount, number, or a particular unit: a kilo of apples loads of food hundreds of people most of them none of them both of us a third of all people a speck of dust a drop of rainGeneral words for size and amount

of preposition (CONTAINING)

A1 containing: a bag of sweets a bottle of beer a book of short stories sacks of rubbish a class of idiotsIncluding and containingComprising and consisting of

of preposition (POSITION)

A2 used in expressions showing position: the top of his head the back of your dress on the corner of the street the front of the queue I've never been north of Edinburgh.Places and locationsUnpleasant placesDirection of motionPoints of the compass

of preposition (TYPICAL)

typical or characteristic of: She has the face of an angel. That man's got the brain of a donkey!Typifying, illustrating and exemplifyingMeaning and significance

of preposition (DAYS)

A1 used to refer to a particular date in a month: the eleventh of March the first of the monthDays and times of day

of preposition (MADE OF)

made or consisting of; having: dresses of lace and silk plates of gold and silver a land of ice and snow a woman of great charm a subject of very little interestComprising and consisting ofIncluding and containingHaving and owning - general words

of preposition (WITH ADJECTIVES/VERBS)

used to connect particular adjectives and verbs with nouns: fond of swimming sick of his excuses frightened of spiders

of preposition (JUDGMENT)

B2 used after an adjective when judging someone's behaviour: It was a bit unkind of you to mention her weight. Thank you so much for my present. How thoughtful of you.Judgments and analyses

of preposition (RELATING TO)

C1 about; relating to: Speaking of Elizabeth, here she is. One of the advantages of travelling by train is being able to read. Let us consider the events of the last five months. Of her childhood we know very little. And what of (= tell me about) young Adrian? How is he?Regarding and concerningLinking and relating

of preposition (THAT IS/ARE)

that is/are: the problem of homelessness a rise of two percent in inflation the skill of negotiating the difficulty of bringing up twins the pain of separation At the age of six she could read a newspaper.Existing and being

of preposition (DONE TO)

done to: the massacre of hundreds of innocent people the oppression of a nation the destruction of the rain forest

of preposition (FELT BY)

felt or experienced by: the suffering of millions the anguish of the murdered child's parentsExperiencing and suffering

of preposition (THROUGH)

B1 through; having as the cause: He died of cancer. I didn't have to go there - I did it of my own free will. I want to know how it happened because it certainly didn't happen of itself.Connecting words which introduce a cause or reason

of preposition (COMPARING)

A2 used when comparing related things: I liked the green one best of all . Worst of all was the food! He's the best looking of the three brothers. I think that of all his films it's my favourite.Comparing and contrasting

of preposition (TIME)

US used in saying what the time is: It's ten (minutes) of five (= ten minutes before five o'clock).Days and times of day

of preposition (SEPARATE FROM)

used in expressions showing distance from something in place or time: We live within a mile of the city centre. She came within two seconds of beating the world record.

of preposition (LOSS)

used in expressions showing loss: They were robbed of all their savings. I feel I've been deprived of your company.Taking things away from someone or somewhereRemoving and getting rid of things

of preposition (DURING)

old-fashioned during: I like to relax with a pipe of an evening.Simultaneous and consecutiveOrder and sequence
(Definition of of from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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