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preparatory

[pri-par-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -pair-, prep-er-uh-] /prɪˈpær əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -ˈpɛər-, ˈprɛp ər ə-/
adjective
1.
serving or designed to prepare:
preparatory arrangements.
2.
preliminary; introductory:
preparatory remarks.
3.
of or relating to training that prepares for more advanced education.
Idioms
4.
preparatory to, in advance of; before:
The astronauts met with the press preparatory to lifting off.
Origin of preparatory
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin praeparātōrius. See prepare, -tory1
Related forms
preparatorily, adverb
nonpreparatory, adjective
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  • When they have been peeled they are stacked, preparatory to being sold.

  • This preparatory work occupied the whole of Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne
  • Then it crouched low, preparatory to making a leap to another rock higher up.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
  • The preparatory Schools of Ruffianism are similarly borne with.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • Robin turned himself about, preparatory to rising, then hastily shrank back into the shelter afforded by the ferns.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • Mr. Babbitt waved his fists again, preparatory to another outburst.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for preparatory

preparatory

/prɪˈpærətərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
serving to prepare
2.
introductory or preliminary
3.
occupied in preparation
4.
preparatory to, as a preparation to; before: a drink preparatory to eating
Derived Forms
preparatorily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for preparatory
adj.

early 15c., from Late Latin praeparatorius, from Latin praeparatus (see preparation). Earlier in same sense was preparative (late 14c.). Applied from 1822 to junior schools in which pupils are "prepared" for a higher school.

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