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Definition of preparatory adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



, NAmE//ˈprɛpərəˌtɔri//
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done in order to prepare for something preparatory meetings After a few preparatory drawings, she completed the portrait in one session. Security checks had been carried out preparatory to (= to prepare for) the President's visit.
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