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prepositionnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˌprep.əˈzɪʃ.ən/
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 ​droveslowly down the ​track", "in" and "down" are prepositions.

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  • In the ​sentence 'The ​dogjumped over the ​wall', the word 'over' is a preposition.
  • Some prepositions consist of more than one word, such as 'out of'.
prepositional
adjective [before noun] uk   us   /-əl/
a prepositional phrase
(Definition of preposition from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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prepositionnoun [C]

 us   /ˌprep·əˈzɪʃ·ən/
grammar a word that ​connects a ​noun, a ​noun phrase, or a ​pronoun to another word, esp. to a ​verb, another ​noun, or an ​adjective: In the ​sentence, "We ​jumped in the ​lake," "in" is a preposition, and in the ​sentence, "I ​heard the ​sound of ​loudmusic," "of" is a preposition.
(Definition of preposition from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “preposition”
in Korean 전치사…
in Arabic 13. حَرْف جَرّ (نَحو)…
in Malaysian kata depan…
in French préposition…
in Russian предлог (в грамматике)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 介系詞,前置詞…
in Italian preposizione…
in Turkish edat…
in Polish przyimek…
in Spanish preposición…
in Vietnamese giới từ…
in Portuguese preposição…
in Thai คำบุพบท…
in German die Präposition…
in Catalan preposició…
in Japanese (文法)前置詞(on や at など)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 介词,前置词…
in Indonesian kata depan, preposisi…
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