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of

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preposition \əv, before consonants also ə; ˈəv, ˈäv\

Definition of of

  1. 1 —used as a function word to indicate a point of reckoning north of the lake

  2. 2a —used as a function word to indicate origin or derivation a man of noble birthb —used as a function word to indicate the cause, motive, or reason died of fluc :  by plays of Shakespeared :  on the part of very kind of youe :  occurring in a fish of the western Atlantic

  3. 3 —used as a function word to indicate the component material, parts, or elements or the contents throne of gold cup of water

  4. 4a —used as a function word to indicate the whole that includes the part denoted by the preceding word most of the armyb —used as a function word to indicate a whole or quantity from which a part is removed or expended gave of his time

  5. 5a :  relating to :  about stories of her travelsb :  in respect to slow of speech

  6. 6a —used as a function word to indicate belonging or a possessive relationship king of Englandb —used as a function word to indicate relationship between a result determined by a function or operation and a basic entity (such as an independent variable) a function of x the product of two numbers

  7. 7 —used as a function word to indicate something from which a person or thing is delivered eased of her pain or with respect to which someone or something is made destitute robbed of all their belongings

  8. 8a —used as a function word to indicate a particular example belonging to the class denoted by the preceding noun the city of Romeb —used as a function word to indicate apposition that fool of a husband

  9. 9a —used as a function word to indicate the object of an action denoted or implied by the preceding noun love of natureb —used as a function word to indicate the application of a verb cheats him of a dollar or of an adjective fond of candy

  10. 10 —used as a function word to indicate a characteristic or distinctive quality or possession a woman of courage

  11. 11a —used as a function word to indicate the position in time of an action or occurrence died of a Mondayb :  before quarter of ten

  12. 12 archaic :  on a plague of all cowards — William Shakespeare

Examples of of in a sentence

  1. He is a coworker of mine.

  2. I threw out that old shirt of yours.

  3. She's a friend of my mother's.

  4. He had the support of his family to help him.

  5. the plays of William Shakespeare

  6. What is the name of the band?

  7. We admired the courage of the young woman.

  8. the President of the United States

  9. What is the total cost of the repairs?

  10. The value of the antique is high.

Origin and Etymology of of

Middle English, off, of, from Old English, adverb & preposition; akin to Old High German aba off, away, Latin ab from, away, Greek apo


First Known Use: before 12th century


2

of

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auxiliary verb \əv, before consonants also ə\

Definition of of

nonstandard

  1. :  have —used in place of the contraction 've often in representations of uneducated speech I could of beat them easy — Ring Lardner

Origin and Etymology of of

by alteration


First Known Use: circa 1800


OF

abbreviation

Definition of OF

  1. outfield


OF Defined for English Language Learners

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of

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preposition \əv, before consonants also ə; ˈəv, ˈäv\

Definition of of for English Language Learners

  • : belonging to, relating to, or connected with (someone or something)

  • —used to indicate that someone or something belongs to a group of people or things

  • : living or occurring in (a specified country, city, town, etc.)


OF Defined for Kids

of

play
preposition \əv, ˈəv, ˈäv\

Definition of of for Students

  1. 1 —used to join an amount or a part with the whole which includes it most of the children the back of the closet

  2. 2 :  belonging to, relating to, or connected with a shirt of his the top of the hill

  3. 3 :  concerning I heard the news of your success.

  4. 4 :  that is the city of Rome

  5. 5 :  made from a house of bricks

  6. 6 :  that has :  with a man of courage a thing of no importance

  7. 7 —used to show what has been taken away a tree bare of leaves cured of disease

  8. 8 —used to indicate the reason for a fear of spiders

  9. 9 :  living in the people of China

  10. 10 :  that involves a test of knowledge

  11. 11 —used to indicate what an amount or number refers to an acre of land

  12. 12 —used to indicate the point from which someone or something is located He lives north of town.

  13. 13 —used to indicate the object affected by an action destruction of property



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