Definition of preparatory adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//prɪˈpærətri//
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈpærətɔːri//
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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. Word Originlate Middle English: from late Latin praeparatorius, from praeparat- ‘made ready beforehand’, from the verb praeparare, from prae ‘before’ + parare ‘make ready’.
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