adjective pre·pa·ra·to·ry \pri-ˈpa-rə-ˌtr-ē also ˈpre-p(ə-)rə-\

: used or done to prepare for something

Full Definition of PREPARATORY

:  preparing or serving to prepare for something :  introductory
pre·pa·ra·to·ri·ly \pri-ˌpa-rə-ˈtr-ə-lē also ˌpre-p(ə-)rə-\ adverb


  1. There is a lot of preparatory work involved in teaching.
  2. <a preparatory investigation to see if there is enough evidence to warrant bringing charges>

First Known Use of PREPARATORY

15th century
PREPARATORILY Defined for Kids


adjective pre·par·a·to·ry \pri-ˈper-ə-ˌtr-ē\

Definition of PREPARATORY for Kids

:  preparing or serving to prepare for something <He attended a preparatory school before college.>


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