Definition of cataphor noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

cataphor

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈkætəfə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkætəfər//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈkætəfɔː(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkætəfɔːr//
 
(linguistics) Linguistic devices
 
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a word that refers to or has the same meaning as a later word. For example in ‘When he saw me, Steve looked shocked’, ‘he’ is a cataphor for ‘Steve’. See related entries: Linguistic devices Word Origin late 20th cent.: back-formation from cataphora.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cataphor