Definition of preliminary noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//prɪˈlɪmɪnəri//
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈlɪmɪneri//
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(pl. preliminaries) preliminary (to something) a preliminary is an action or event that is done in preparation for something Research will be needed as a preliminary to taking a decision. I'll skip the usual preliminaries and come straight to the point. England was lucky to get through the preliminaries (= the preliminary stages in a sports competition). Word Originmid 17th cent.: from modern Latin praeliminaris or French préliminaire, from Latin prae ‘before’ + limen, limin- ‘threshold’.Extra examples After the usual preliminaries the meeting began. She began speaking intensely, without preliminaries. The two presidents met today, as a preliminary to resuming the peace talks. an essential preliminary to serious research
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