\ əv, before consonants also ə; ˈəv How to pronounce of (audio) , ˈäv \

Definition of of

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1 used as a function word to indicate a point of reckoning north of the lake
2a used as a function word to indicate origin or derivation a man of noble birth
b used as a function word to indicate the cause, motive, or reason died of flu
c : by plays of Shakespeare
d : on the part of very kind of you
e : occurring in a fish of the western Atlantic
3 used as a function word to indicate the component material, parts, or elements or the contents throne of goldcup of water
4a used as a function word to indicate the whole that includes the part denoted by the preceding word most of the army
b used as a function word to indicate a whole or quantity from which a part is removed or expended gave of his time
5a : relating to : about stories of her travels
b : in respect to slow of speech
6a used as a function word to indicate belonging or a possessive relationship king of England
b 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 xthe product of two numbers
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
8a used as a function word to indicate a particular example belonging to the class denoted by the preceding noun the city of Rome
b used as a function word to indicate apposition that fool of a husband
9a used as a function word to indicate the object of an action denoted or implied by the preceding noun love of nature
b 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 used as a function word to indicate a characteristic or distinctive quality or possession a woman of courage
11a used as a function word to indicate the position in time of an action or occurrence died of a Monday
b : before quarter of ten
12 archaic : on a plague of all cowards— William Shakespeare
\ əv, before consonants also ə \

Definition of of (Entry 2 of 3)

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

Definition of OF (Entry 3 of 3)

outfield

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Synonyms & Antonyms for of

Synonyms: Preposition

Antonyms: Preposition

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Examples of of in a Sentence

Preposition He is a coworker of mine. I threw out that old shirt of yours. She's a friend of my mother's. He had the support of his family to help him. the plays of William Shakespeare What is the name of the band? We admired the courage of the young woman. the President of the United States What is the total cost of the repairs? The value of the antique is high.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition The 37-year-old, who works in financial services in Geneva, has been working from home for most of the past year. The Economist, "Virtual insanity Love them or hate them, virtual meetings are here to stay," 10 Apr. 2021 In November 2020, Swift was legally allowed to re-record her first five albums, which Scooter Braun gained ownership of last year following his $330 million deal with Big Machine Label Group. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Taylor Swift Is 'Ecstatic' About Fearless (Taylor's Version) Dropping at Midnight — Hear a Preview!," 8 Apr. 2021 The old incandescent bulbs burned away most of their energy as heat. Chieko Tsuneoka, WSJ, "Japanese Scientist Isamu Akasaki Helped Create LED Technology," 8 Apr. 2021 Of the population 16 and older, 23.8% are fully vaccinated, with a goal of 70% vaccinated by the end of the year. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan reports 7,819 new COVID-19 cases, 73 deaths, 24% of people 16+ fully vaccinated," 8 Apr. 2021 Always Box your Trifectas and enjoy the scenery on one of the best days of your year. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's TML: Pirates are an insult to the small money teams who do more with less," 8 Apr. 2021 Most of the employees filed out of the building as firefighters arrived, but two were trapped inside, according to Columbus Division of Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, "Explosion at Ohio paint plant leaves eight injured and one missing," 8 Apr. 2021 Additionally, Cardinal Gibbons coach Matt DuBuc was named Class 4A Coach of the Year. Adam Lichtenstein, sun-sentinel.com, "Woa! Seventy-two Broward and Palm Beach football players earn spots on Class 5A, 4A, 3A All-State football teams," 8 Apr. 2021 The largest share of sales in Hartford County in the first three months of this year was still in homes priced at up to $300,000. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "Home sale prices soared the highest during COVID-19 in these 7 Hartford County towns," 8 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of of

Preposition

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Auxiliary verb

circa 1800, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for of

Preposition

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

Auxiliary verb

by alteration

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Time Traveler

The first known use of of was before the 12th century

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11 Apr 2021

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“Of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/of. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of of

: 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.)
\ əv How to pronounce of (audio) , ˈəv, ˈäv \

Kids Definition of of

1 used to join an amount or a part with the whole which includes it most of the childrenthe back of the closet
2 : belonging to, relating to, or connected with a shirt of his the top of the hill
3 : concerning I heard the news of your success.
4 : that is the city of Rome
5 : made from a house of bricks
6 : that has : with a man of courage a thing of no importance
7 used to show what has been taken away a tree bare of leavescured of disease
8 used to indicate the reason for a fear of spiders
9 : living in the people of China
10 : that involves a test of knowledge
11 used to indicate what an amount or number refers to an acre of land
12 used to indicate the point from which someone or something is located He lives north of town.
13 used to indicate the object affected by an action destruction of property

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