Definition of postpose in English:

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postpose

Pronunciation: /ˌpōs(t)ˈpōz/

verb

[with object] Grammar
Place (a modifying word or morpheme) after the word that it modifies.
Example sentences
  • Preposed and postposed forms that come first include: aero (air), crypto (hidden), demo (people), geo (earth), odonto (tooth), ornitho (bird), and thalasso (sea).
  • Her characterization includes postposing ‘hey’ to every second sentence: Why don't we meet down the station, hey?
  • As noted, the ideophone can occur with quotative go, with either a preposed or a postposed subject nominal.

Origin

Late 16th century (in the sense 'place later or lower'): from French postposer, from post- 'after' + poser 'to place'. The current sense dates from the 1920s.

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