pre·​lim | \ ˈprē-ˌlim How to pronounce prelim (audio) , pri-ˈlim \

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Examples of prelim in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Of the two races that weren’t PBs, one was a prelim and the other an NCAA indoor mile title. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 8 May 2021 In addition, Northridge’s Rashni Walker won her Class 6A 100-meter prelim race in a record-breaking time of 13.95. Arthur L. Mack, al, 1 May 2021 The fight was an early prelim contest at UFC 262, which was headlined by a lightweight title fight between Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler. Anchorage Daily News, 16 May 2021 Pash, 20, a sophomore at Texas, dropped nearly four seconds from her prelim and was third in the 200 butterfly in 2:08.79. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 14 May 2021 And that was in a prelim against a ho-hum field just doing enough to advance while saving something for the final 2½ hours later that Mt. SAC alum Cravon Gillespie won in 9.96 seconds. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 May 2021 Brewbaker Tech senior Chanice Spicer, competing in the Class 5A girls’ competition, broke her own Class 5A record (11.79) with a prelim-best time of 11.51 seconds. Al.com Reports, al, 29 Apr. 2021 Of the two Hocker races that weren’t PBs, one was a prelim and the other an NCAA indoor mile title (3:53.71). David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Apr. 2021 On Friday, Hocker won a mile semifinal in 3:56.57, by far the fastest prelim in meet history. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of prelim

1891, in the meaning defined above

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4 Jul 2021

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“Prelim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prelim. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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