preparatory

adjective pre·pa·ra·to·ry \ pri-ˈper-ə-ˌtȯr-ē also ˈpre-p(ə-)rə- , pri-ˈpa-rə- \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of preparatory

: preparing or serving to prepare for something : introductory

preparatorily

play \pri-ˌper-ə-ˈtȯr-ə-lē also ˌpre-p(ə-)rə-, pri-ˌpa-rə-\ adverb

Examples of preparatory in a Sentence

  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

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First Known Use of preparatory

15th century


PREPARATORY Defined for English Language Learners

preparatory

adjective

Definition of preparatory for English Language Learners

  • : used or done to prepare for something


PREPARATORY Defined for Kids

preparatory

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

Definition of preparatory for Students

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


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