An example of preposition is the word "with" in the following; "I'm going with her."
It is important to preposition the material before turning on the machine.
Artillery that was prepositioned at strategic points in the desert.
Other Word Forms
Origin of preposition
- Middle English preposicioun from Old French preposicion from Latin praepositiō praepositiōn- a putting before, preposition (translation of Greek prothesis) from praepositus past participle of praepōnere to put in front prae- pre- pōnere to put apo- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin praepositio, from praeponere (to place before); prae (before) + ponere (to put, place); compare French préposition. (See position, and compare provost.) So called because it is usually placed before the word with which it is phrased, as in a bridge of iron, he comes from town, it is good for food, he escaped by running.
- From pre- + position