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English definition of “of”

of

preposition
 
 
strong /ɒv/ weak /əv/
BELONG A1 belonging or relating to someone or something: a friend of mine the colour of her hair part of the problemBelongings and possessions
AMOUNT A1 used after words that show an amount: a kilo of apples both of us a handful of raisinsGeneral words for size and amountMeasurements in general
NUMBER A1 used with numbers, ages, and dates: a boy of six a decrease of 10% the 14th of February 2012General words for size and amount
CONTAIN A1 containing: a glass of milk sacks of rubbishIncluding and containingComprising and consisting of
MADE made or consisting of: dresses of lace and silkIncluding and containingComprising and consisting ofComprising and consisting ofIncluding and containing
ADJECTIVE/VERB used to connect particular adjectives and verbs with nouns: frightened of spiders smelling of garlic
SHOW A2 showing someone or something: a map of the city
CAUSE B1 showing a reason or cause: He died of a heart attack.Connecting words which introduce a cause or reason
POSITION A2 showing position or direction: the front of the queue a small town north of Seattle
ACTION/FEELING used after nouns describing actions or feelings to mean 'done to' or 'experienced by': the destruction of the rain forest the suffering of millions
WRITTEN B1 written or made by: the collected works of William Shakespeare
(Definition of of from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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