preparatory[prē par′ə tôr′ē, pri-; prep′ə rə-]
preparatory definition by Webster's New World
- that prepares or serves to prepare; preliminary; introductory
- ☆ undergoing preparation, esp. for college entrance: a preparatory student
Origin: Middle English ; from Midieval Latin praeparatorius
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- preparatorily adverb
preparatory definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- 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.
- pre·parˌa·toˈri·ly adverb
preparatory - Phrases/Idioms
in preparation for