- 1. expressing the relationship between a part and a whole: "the sleeve of his coat"
- 2. expressing the relationship between a scale or measure and a value: "an increase of 5 percent"
- ▪ expressing an age: "a boy of 15"
- 3. indicating an association between two entities, typically one of belonging: "the son of a friend"
- ▪ expressing the relationship between an author, artist, or composer and their works collectively: "the plays of Shakespeare"
- 4. expressing the relationship between a direction and a point of reference: "north of Chicago"
- 5. expressing the relationship between a general category or type and the thing being specified which belongs to such a category: "the city of Prague"
- 6. following a noun derived from or related to a verb.
- ▪ followed by a noun expressing the subject of the verb underlying the first noun: "the arrival of the police"
- ▪ followed by a noun expressing the object of the verb underlying the first noun: "the murder of the two boys"
- 7. where the head of the phrase is a predicative adjective: "it was kind of you to ask"
- 8. indicating the relationship between a verb and an indirect object.
- ▪ with a verb expressing a mental state: "I don't know of anything that would be suitable"
- ▪ expressing a cause: "he died of cancer"
- 9. indicating the material or substance constituting something: "the house was built of bricks"
- 10. expressing time in relation to the following hour: North American "it would be just a quarter of three in New York"
Word Origin Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch af and German ab, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin ab and Greek apo.
Scrabble Points: 5
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