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preposition2

or pre-po·si·tion

[pree-puh-zish-uh n]
verb (used with object)
  1. to position in advance or beforehand: to preposition troops in anticipated trouble spots.
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Origin of preposition2

First recorded in 1960–65; pre- + position
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British Dictionary definitions for prepositioning

preposition

noun
  1. 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
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Derived Formsprepositional, adjectiveprepositionally, adverb

Word Origin

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

usage

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 prepositioning

preposition

n.

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."

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prepositioning in Culture

preposition

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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