preparatory to

preparatory

[pri-par-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -pair-, prep-er-uh-]
adjective
1.
serving or designed to prepare: preparatory arrangements.
2.
preliminary; introductory: preparatory remarks.
3.
of or pertaining 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:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin praeparātōrius. See prepare, -tory1

preparatorily, adverb
nonpreparatory, adjective
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preparatory (prɪˈpærətərɪ, -trɪ)
 
adj
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
 
pre'paratorily
 
adv

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