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"preface" in British English

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prefacenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈpref.ɪs/

prefaceverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈpref.ɪs/ formal
If you preface ​your words or ​actions with something ​else, you say or do this other thing first: Each ​work is prefaced by a ​descriptivenote and ​concludes with an author's ​note. I should like to preface my ​response with the ​followingobservation.
(Definition of preface from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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prefacenoun [C]

 us   /ˈpref·əs/
literature something that comes before and ​introduces a more ​important thing, esp. an ​introduction at the ​beginning of a ​book that ​explainsitsaims: an author’s preface
preface
verb [T]  us   /ˈpref·əs/
He didn’t preface the ​badnews with "I don’t ​know how to ​tell you this, but."
(Definition of preface from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “preface”
in Korean 서문…
in Arabic تَمهيد…
in Malaysian kata pendahuluan…
in French préface…
in Russian предисловие…
in Chinese (Traditional) 序言,前言…
in Italian prefazione…
in Turkish ön söz…
in Polish przedmowa…
in Spanish prefacio…
in Vietnamese lời mở đầu…
in Portuguese prefácio…
in Thai คำนำ…
in German die Einleitung…
in Catalan pròleg, prefaci…
in Japanese 前書き, 序文…
in Chinese (Simplified) 序言,前言…
in Indonesian prakata…
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