apposition

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noun ap·po·si·tion \ˌa-pə-ˈzi-shən\

Definition of apposition

  1. 1 a :  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 (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

  2. 2 a :  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

appositional

play \-ˈzish-nəl, -ˈzi-shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of apposition in a sentence

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

15th Century

First Known Use of apposition

15th century


APPOSITION Defined for English Language Learners

apposition

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noun ap·po·si·tion \ˌa-pə-ˈzi-shən\

Definition of apposition for English Language Learners

  • 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 Defined for Kids

apposition

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noun ap·po·si·tion \ˌa-pə-ˈzi-shən\

Definition of apposition for Students

  1. :  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.”>


Medical Dictionary

apposition

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noun ap·po·si·tion \ˌap-ə-ˈzish-ən\

Medical Definition of apposition

  1. 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 2

  2. 2:  the state of being in juxtaposition or proximity (as in the drawing together of cut edges of tissue in healing)

appose

\a-ˈpōz\play transitive verb

apposed

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apposing

appositional

\ˌap-ə-ˈzish-nəl, -ən-əl\play adjective

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