- that prepares or serves to prepare; preliminary; introductory
- undergoing preparation, esp. for college entrance: a preparatory student
Origin of preparatoryMiddle English from Medieval Latin praeparatorius
in preparation for
- Serving to make ready or prepare; introductory. See Synonyms at preliminary.
- Relating to or engaged in study or training that serves as preparation for advanced education: a preparatory course; preparatory students.
In preparation for. Used with to: thoroughly cleaned the house preparatory to our departure.