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



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 Originlate 20th cent.: back-formation from cataphora.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cataphor