Pronunciation: (uv, ov; unstresseduv or, esp. before consonants,u),[key] —prep. 1. (used to indicate distance or direction from, separation, deprivation, etc.): within a mile of the church; south of Omaha; to be robbed of one's money. 2. (used to indicate derivation, origin, or source): a man of good family; the plays of Shakespeare; a piece of cake. 3. (used to indicate cause, motive, occasion, or reason): to die of hunger. 4. (used to indicate material, component parts, substance, or contents): a dress of silk; an apartment of three rooms; a book of poems; a package of cheese. 5. (used to indicate apposition or identity): Is that idiot of a salesman calling again? 6. (used to indicate specific identity or a particular item within a category): the city of Chicago; thoughts of love. 7. (used to indicate possession, connection, or association): the king of France; the property of the church. 8. (used to indicate inclusion in a number, class, or whole): one of us. 9. (used to indicate the objective relation, the object of the action noted by the preceding noun or the application of a verb or adjective): the ringing of bells; He writes her of home; I'm tired of working. 10. (used to indicate reference or respect): There is talk of peace. 11. (used to indicate qualities or attributes): an ambassador of remarkable tact. 12. (used to indicate a specified time): They arrived of an evening. 13. Chiefly Northern U.S.before the hour of; until: twenty minutes of five. 14. on the part of: It was very mean of you to laugh at me. 15. in respect to: fleet of foot. 16. set aside for or devoted to: a minute of prayer. 17. Archaic.by: consumed of worms.
Pronunciation: (uv),[key] —auxiliary v.Pron. Spelling. have: He should of asked me first. Cf. a4.