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English definition of “preposition”


noun [C] uk   /ˌprep.əˈzɪʃ.ən/ us  
B1 in grammar, a word that is used before a noun, a noun phrase, or a pronoun, connecting it to another word: In the sentences 'We jumped in the lake', and 'She drove slowly down the track', 'in' and 'down' are prepositions.Parts of speech
adjective [before noun] uk   /-əl/ us  
a prepositional phraseParts of speech
(Definition of preposition from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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