Preparatory meaning

prĭ-păr'ə-tôr'ē, -pâr'-, prĕp'ər-ə-
Serving to make ready or prepare; introductory.
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In preparation for. Used with to:

Thoroughly cleaned the house preparatory to our departure.

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Relating to or engaged in study or training that serves as preparation for advanced education.

A preparatory course; preparatory students.

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That prepares or serves to prepare; preliminary; introductory.
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Undergoing preparation, esp. for college entrance.

A preparatory student.

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Of or pertaining to preparation, having the purpose of making something or someone ready, preparative.

I will conduct some preparatory research before choosing the new restaurant's location.

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preparatory to
  • In preparation for.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

preparatory to