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Definition of preface verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    preface

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈprefəs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprefəs//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they preface
    BrE BrE//ˈprefəs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprefəs//
     
    he / she / it prefaces
    BrE BrE//ˈprefəsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprefəsɪz//
     
    past simple prefaced
    BrE BrE//ˈprefəst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprefəst//
     
    past participle prefaced
    BrE BrE//ˈprefəst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprefəst//
     
    -ing form prefacing
    BrE BrE//ˈprefəsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprefəsɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1preface something (with something) to provide a book or other piece of writing with a preface He prefaced the diaries with a short account of how they were discovered. Each chapter is prefaced by a quotation from Shakespeare.
  2. 2preface something by/with something | preface something by doing something (formal) to say something before you start making a speech, answering a question, etc. I must preface my remarks with an apology.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin praefatia, alteration of Latin praefatio(n-) ‘words spoken beforehand’, from the verb praefari, from prae ‘before’ + fari ‘speak’.
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