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preface

noun [C] uk   /ˈpref.ɪs/ us  
an introduction at the beginning of a book explaining its aims: In his preface, the author says that he took eight years to write the book.a preface to sth an event that comes before something more important: We're hoping these talks could be a preface to peace.

preface

verb [T] uk   /ˈpref.ɪs/ formal us  
If you preface your words or actions with something else, you say or do this other thing first: Each work is prefaced by a descriptive note and concludes with an author's note. I should like to preface my response with the following observation.
Translations of “preface”
in Korean 서문…
in Arabic تَمهيد…
in French préface…
in Turkish ön söz…
in Italian prefazione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 序言,前言…
in Russian предисловие…
in Polish przedmowa…
in Spanish prefacio…
in Portuguese prefácio…
in German die Einleitung…
in Catalan pròleg, prefaci…
in Japanese 前書き, 序文…
in Chinese (Simplified) 序言,前言…
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