An example of preposition is the word "with" in the following; "I'm going with her."
Artillery that was prepositioned at strategic points in the desert.
It is important to preposition the material before turning on the machine.
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 prÃ©position. (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