apposition

noun
ap·​po·​si·​tion | \ ˌa-pə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce apposition (audio) \

Definition of apposition

1a : a grammatical construction in which two usually adjacent nouns having the same referent stand in the same syntactical relation to the rest of a sentence (such as the poet and Burns in "a biography of the poet Burns")
b : the relation of one of such a pair of nouns or noun equivalents to the other
2a : an act or instance of apposing specifically : the deposition of successive layers upon those already present (as in cell walls)
b : the state of being apposed

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Other Words from apposition

appositional \ -​ˈzish-​nəl How to pronounce appositional (audio) , -​ˈzi-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of apposition in a Sentence

In “my friend the doctor,” the word “doctor” is in apposition to “my friend.”

First Known Use of apposition

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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apposition

noun

English Language Learners Definition of apposition

grammar : an arrangement of words in which a noun or noun phrase is followed by another noun or noun phrase that refers to the same thing

apposition

noun
ap·​po·​si·​tion | \ ˌa-pə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce apposition (audio) \

Kids Definition of apposition

: a grammatical construction in which a noun is followed by another that explains it In “my friend the doctor,” the word “doctor” is in apposition with “friend.”

apposition

noun
ap·​po·​si·​tion | \ ˌap-ə-ˈzish-ən How to pronounce apposition (audio) \

Medical Definition of apposition

1 : the placing of things in juxtaposition or proximity specifically : deposition of successive layers upon those already present (as in cell walls) — compare accretion, intussusception sense 2
2 : the state of being in juxtaposition or proximity (as in the drawing together of cut edges of tissue in healing)

Other Words from apposition

appose \ a-​ˈpōz How to pronounce appose (audio) \ transitive verb apposed; apposing
appositional \ ˌap-​ə-​ˈzish-​nəl, -​ən-​ᵊl How to pronounce appositional (audio) \ adjective

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