or pre-po·si·tion

[ pree-puh-zish-uh n ]
/ ˌpri pəˈzɪʃ ən /

verb (used with object)

to position in advance or beforehand: to preposition troops in anticipated trouble spots.

Nearby words

  1. preponderate,
  2. preponderous,
  3. prepone,
  4. preportion,
  5. prepose,
  6. prepositional,
  7. prepositional phrase,
  8. prepositional verb,
  9. prepositive,
  10. prepositor

Origin of preposition

First recorded in 1960–65; pre- + position Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prepositioned

  • The need to respond on a moment's notice adds to the value of airlift and prepositioned ships.

    Shock and Awe|Harlan K. Ullman

British Dictionary definitions for prepositioned


/ (ˌprɛpəˈzɪʃən) /


a word or group of words used before a noun or pronoun to relate it grammatically or semantically to some other constituent of a sentenceAbbreviation: prep
Derived Formsprepositional, adjectiveprepositionally, adverb

Word Origin for preposition

C14: from Latin praepositiō a putting before, from pōnere to place


The practice of ending a sentence with a preposition (Venice is a place I should like to go to) was formerly regarded as incorrect, but is now acceptable and is the preferred form in many contexts

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Word Origin and History for prepositioned



late 14c., from Latin praepositionem (nominative praepositio) "a putting before, a prefixing," noun of action from past participle stem of praeponere "put before," from prae "before" (see pre-) + ponere "put, set, place" (see position (n.)). In grammatical use, a loan-translation of Greek prothesis, literally "a setting before."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for prepositioned


A part of speech that indicates the relationship, often spatial, of one word to another. For example, “She paused at the gate”; “This tomato is ripe for picking”; and “They talked the matter over head to head.” Some common prepositions are at, by, for, from, in, into, on, to, and with.

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