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pref·ace

 (prĕf′ĭs)
n.
1.
a. A preliminary statement or essay introducing a book that explains its scope, intention, or background and is usually written by the author.
b. An introductory section, as of a speech.
2. Something introductory; a preliminary: An informal brunch served as a preface to the three-day conference.
3. often Preface The words introducing the central part of the Eucharist in several Christian churches.
tr.v. pref·aced, pref·ac·ing, pref·ac·es
1. To introduce by or provide with a preliminary statement or essay.
2. To serve as an introduction to.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin praefātiō, praefātiōn-, from praefātus, past participle of praefārī, to say before : prae-, pre- + fārī, to speak; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]

pref′ac·er n.

preface

(ˈprɛfɪs)
n
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a statement written as an introduction to a literary or other work, typically explaining its scope, intention, method, etc; foreword
2. anything introductory
3. (Roman Catholic Church) RC Church a prayer of thanksgiving and exhortation serving as an introduction to the canon of the Mass
vb (tr)
4. to furnish with a preface
5. to serve as a preface to
[C14: from Medieval Latin praefātia, from Latin praefātiō a saying beforehand, from praefārī to utter in advance, from prae before + fārī to say]
ˈprefacer n

pref•ace

(ˈprɛf ɪs)

n., v. -aced, -ac•ing. n.
1. a preliminary statement in a book by the author or editor, setting forth the book's purpose, acknowledging the assistance of others, etc.
2. an introductory part, as of a speech.
3. a preliminary or introductory event, circumstance, etc.
4. a prayer of thanksgiving, the introduction to the canon of the Mass, ending with the Sanctus.
v.t.
5. to provide with or introduce by a preface.
6. to serve as a preface to.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin prēfātia, for Latin praefātiō=praefā(rī) to say beforehand (see pre-, fate) + -tiō -tion]
pref′ac•er, n.
syn: See introduction.

preface


Past participle: prefaced
Gerund: prefacing

Imperative
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Present
I preface
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Preterite
I prefaced
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we prefaced
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Present Continuous
I am prefacing
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Present Perfect
I have prefaced
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Past Continuous
I was prefacing
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he/she/it was prefacing
we were prefacing
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Past Perfect
I had prefaced
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Future
I will preface
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Future Perfect
I will have prefaced
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Future Continuous
I will be prefacing
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been prefacing
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we have been prefacing
you have been prefacing
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been prefacing
you will have been prefacing
he/she/it will have been prefacing
we will have been prefacing
you will have been prefacing
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been prefacing
you had been prefacing
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we had been prefacing
you had been prefacing
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Conditional
I would preface
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Past Conditional
I would have prefaced
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we would have prefaced
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preface

An introduction, often explaining the structure or purpose of what follows.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.preface - a short introductory essay preceding the text of a book
text, textual matter - the words of something written; "there were more than a thousand words of text"; "they handed out the printed text of the mayor's speech"; "he wants to reconstruct the original text"
introduction - the first section of a communication
Verb1.preface - furnish with a preface or introduction; "She always precedes her lectures with a joke"; "He prefaced his lecture with a critical remark about the institution"
preamble - make a preliminary introduction, usually to a formal document
prologise, prologize, prologuize - write or speak a prologue
say, state, tell - express in words; "He said that he wanted to marry her"; "tell me what is bothering you"; "state your opinion"; "state your name"

preface

noun
1. introduction, preliminary, prelude, preamble, foreword, prologue, proem, prolegomenon, exordium the preface to the English edition of the novel
verb
1. introduce, precede, open, begin, launch, lead up to, prefix I will preface what I am going to say with a few lines from Shakespeare.

preface

noun
A short section of preliminary remarks:
verb
To begin (something) with preliminary or prefatory material:
Translations
مُقَدِّمَه
předmluva
forordindledning
alkusanatjohdanto
formáli, inngangur
priekšvārds
predhovor
predgovor

preface

[ˈprefɪs]
A. Nprólogo m, prefacio m
B. VT [+ book] → prologar
he prefaced this by saying thata modo de prólogo a esto dijo que ..., introdujo este tema diciendo que ...
the book is prefaced by an essayel libro tiene un ensayo a modo de prólogo
he has the irritating habit of prefacing his sentences withtiene la molesta costumbre de comenzar las frases con ...

preface

[ˈprɛfəs]
npréface f
vtfaire précéder
to preface sth with sth [+ speech, action] → faire précéder qch de qch
He prefaced his remark by saying that ... → En guise d'introduction, il a déclaré que ...
to be prefaced by sth → être précédé par qch

preface

nVorwort nt; (of speech)Vorrede f
vteinleiten; bookmit einem Vorwort versehen

preface

[ˈprɛfɪs] nprefazione f; (to speech) → introduzione f

preface

(ˈprefəs) noun
an introduction to a book etc. The preface explained how to use the dictionary.
References in classic literature ?
Prefaces and passages, and excusations, and other speeches of reference to the person, are great wastes of time; and though they seem to proceed of modesty, they are bravery.
Little or nothing of those romances, with their swelling prefaces about the poet and his function, their glittering criminals, and showy rakes and rogues of all kinds, and their patrician perfume and social splendor, remained with me; they may have been better or worse; I will not attempt to say.
There is one point on which we would wish to say a word before closing this preface.
I make this little preface, because you once mentioned the young lady to me in slighting terms.
If my poor Flatland friend retained the vigour of mind which he enjoyed when he began to compose these Memoirs, I should not now need to represent him in this preface, in which he desires, firstly, to return his thanks to his readers and critics in Spaceland, whose appreciation has, with unexpected celerity, required a second edition of his work; secondly, to apologize for certain errors and misprints (for which, however, he is not entirely responsible); and, thirdly, to explain one or two misconceptions.
I present the case to you, monsieur, free from all preface, for that would be unworthy of you.
The poem styled "Romance," constituted the Preface of the
Reginald came this morning into my dressing-room with a very unusual solemnity of countenance, and after some preface informed me in so many words that he wished to reason with me on the impropriety and unkindness of allowing Sir James Martin to address my daughter contrary to her inclinations.
I think we'd better hold them back a bit and I'll write a preface.
As will be seen later on, Pygmalion needs, not a preface, but a sequel, which I have supplied in its due place.
In the Preface to the later edition of Sordello, Mr.
I gave her the handbill without another word of preface.