[ kuh-taf-er-uh ]

  1. the use of a word or phrase to refer to a following word or group of words, as the use of the phrase as follows.

Origin of cataphora


Other words from cataphora

  • cat·a·phor·ic [kat-uh-fawr-ik, -for-], /ˌkæt əˈfɔr ɪk, -ˈfɒr-/, adjective
  • cat·a·phor·i·cal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby cataphora Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

British Dictionary definitions for cataphora


/ (kəˈtæfərə) /

  1. grammar the use of a word such as a pronoun that has the same reference as a word used subsequently in the same discourse: Compare anaphora

Origin of cataphora

from cata- + Greek pherein to bear

Derived forms of cataphora

  • cataphoric (ˌkætəˈfɒrɪk), adjective

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