Of meaning

ŭv, ŏv; əv when unstressed
Of is defined as to indicate ownership or distance from something.

An example of "of" is the book that belongs to the girl.

An example of "of" is a school that is within a mile from a tree.

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So as to be separated or relieved from.

Robbed of one's dignity; cured of distemper.

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Derived or coming from; originating at or from.

Customs of the South.

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Caused by; resulting from.

A death of tuberculosis.

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Away from; at a distance from.

A mile east of here.

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Set aside for; taken up by.

A day of rest.

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From the total or group comprising.

Give of one's time; two of my friends; most of the cases.

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Composed or made from.

A dress of silk.

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Associated with or adhering to.

People of your religion.

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Belonging or connected to.

The rungs of a ladder.

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Containing or carrying.

A basket of groceries.

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Specified as; named or called.

A depth of ten feet; the Garden of Eden.

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Centering on; directed toward.

A love of horses.

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Produced by; issuing from.

Products of the vine.

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Characterized or identified by.

A year of famine.

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Before; until.

Five minutes of two.

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During or on a specified time.

Of recent years.

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By.

Beloved of the family.

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Used to indicate an appositive.

That idiot of a driver.

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On.
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Old French.
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From.
  • Derived or coming from.
    Men of Ohio.
  • Resulting from; caused by; through.
    To die of fever.
  • Proceeding as a product from; by.
    The poems of Poe.
  • Resulting from an operation or process involving.
    The product of 3 and 4.
  • At a distance from or apart from (a specified reference point).
    East of the city.
  • Deprived, relieved, or separated from.
    Cured of cancer, robbed of his money.
  • From the whole, or total number, constituting.
    Part of the time, one of her hats.
  • Distinguished as by excellence from among.
    The greatest of our Presidents.
  • Distinguished as the best, most important, etc. from among.
    The holy of holies.
  • Made from; using as its material (a specified substance).
    A sheet of paper, made of tin.
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Is what was done, expressed, etc. by.

How wise of her!

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Belonging to.

The pages of a book, the square root of 3, that dog of his.

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With (something specified) as object, goal, etc.

A reader of books.

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Concerning; about; with reference to.

Think well of me.

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Set aside for; dedicated to.

A day of rest.

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Before.

Ten minutes of nine.

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By.

Rejected of men.

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Outfield.
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Outfielder.
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Old French.
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Offer.

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1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.5.3.ii.

Against headache, vertigo, vapours which ascend forth of the stomach to molest the head, read Hercules de Saxonia and others.

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1616, William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, IV.4.

One that I brought vp of a puppy [...] I was sent to deliuer him, as a present to Mistris Siluia, from my Master.

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2010, Simon Tisdall, The Guardian, 29 Jul 2010.

Obama has been obliged to make nice of late in hope of rescuing the moribund two-state process and preventing resumed West Bank settlement building.

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From, away from (a position, number, distance etc.). [from 10th c.]
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(North America, Scotland, Ireland) Before (the hour); to. [from 19th c.]
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Expressing separation.
  • Indicating removal, absence or separation, with the action indicated by a transitive verb and the quality or substance by a grammatical object. [from 10th c.].
  • Indicating removal, absence or separation, with resulting state indicated by an adjective. [from 10th c.].
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Expressing origin.
  • Indicating an ancestral source or origin of descent. [from 9th c.].
  • Indicating a (non-physical) source of action or emotion; introducing a cause, instigation; from, out of, as an expression of. [from 9th c.].
  • Following an intransitive verb: indicating the source or cause of the verb. [from 10th c.].
  • Following an adjective. [from 13th c.].
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Expressing agency.
  • Following a passive verb to indicate the agent (for most verbs, now usually expressed with by). [from 9th c.].
  • Used to introduce the "subjective genitive"; following a noun to form the head of a postmodifying noun phrase. [from 13th c.].
  • Following an adjective, used to indicate the agent of something described by the adjective. [from 16th c.].
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Expressing composition, substance.
  • After a verb expressing construction, making etc., used to indicate the material or substance used. [from 9th c.].
  • Directly following a noun, used to indicate the material from which it is made. [from 10th c.].
  • Indicating the composition of a given collective or quantitative noun. [from 12th c.].
  • Used to link a given class of things with a specific example of that class. [from 12th c.].
  • Linking two nouns in near-apposition, with the first qualifying the second; "which is also". [from 14th c.].
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Introducing subject matter.
  • Linking an intransitive verb, or a transitive verb and its subject (especially verbs to do with thinking, feeling, expressing etc.), with its subject-matter: concerning, with regard to. [from 10th c.].
  • Following a noun (now chiefly nouns of knowledge, communication etc.), to introduce its subject matter; about, concerning. [from 12th c.].
  • Following an adjective, to introduce its subject matter. [from 15th c.].
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Having partitive effect.
  • Following a number or other quantitive word: introducing the whole for which is indicated only the specified part or segment; "from among". [from 9th c.].
  • Following a noun indicating a given part. [from 9th c.].
  • (now archaic, literary) With preceding partitive word assumed, or as a predicate after to be: some, an amount of, one of. [from 9th c.].
  • Linking to a genitive noun or possessive pronoun, with partitive effect (though now often merged with possessive senses, below). [from 13th c.].
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Expressing possession.
  • Belonging to, existing in, or taking place in a given location, place or time. Compare "origin" senses, above. [from 9th c.].
  • Belonging to (a place) through having title, ownership or control over it. [from 9th c.].
  • Belonging to (someone or something) as something they possess or have as a characteristic; the "possessive genitive". (With abstract nouns, this intersects with the subjective genitive, above under "agency" senses.) [from 13th c.].
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Forming the "objective genitive".
  • Following an agent noun, verbal noun or noun of action. [from 12th c.].
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Expressing qualities or characteristics.
  • (now archaic or literary) Linking an adjective with a noun or noun phrase to form a quasi-adverbial qualifier; in respect of, as regards. [from 13th c.].
  • Indicating a quality or characteristic; "characterized by". [from 13th c.].
  • Indicating quantity, age, price etc. [from 13th c.].
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Expressing a point in time.
  • (chiefly regional) During the course of (a set period of time, day of the week etc.), now specifically with implied repetition or regularity. [from 9th c.].
  • (UK dialectal) For (a given length of time), chiefly in negative constructions. [from 13th c.].
    I've not tekken her out of a goodly long while.
  • Used after a noun to indicate duration of a state, activity etc. [from 18th c.].
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(usually in modal perfect constructions) Representing have or 've, chiefly in depictions of colloquial speech.
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F/O, fo, fo'
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(initialism) Old French.
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(baseball, initialism) Outfield.
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(baseball, initialism) Outfielder.
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(initialism) Alternative form of OF.
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(UK) A regulatory body for a specified industry.
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Origin of of

  • Middle English from Old English apo- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English of, from Old English of (“of, from"), an unstressed form of af, æf (“from, off, away"), from Proto-Germanic *ab (“from"), from Proto-Indo-European *hâ‚‚epo (“from, off, back"). Cognate with Scots of, af (“off, away"), West Frisian af, ôf (“off, away"), Dutch af (“off, from"), Low German af (“off, from"), German ab (“off, from"), Danish af (“of"), Swedish av (“of"), Icelandic af (“of"), Gothic 𐌰𐍆 (af, “of, from"); and with Latin ab (“of, from, by"). Compare off.
    From Wiktionary
  • first syllable of office
    From Wiktionary