pre·pa·ra·to·ry | \ pri-ˈper-ə-ˌtȯr-ē also ˈpre-p(ə-)rə- , pri-ˈpa-rə- \

Definition of preparatory 

: preparing or serving to prepare for something : introductory

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Other words from preparatory

preparatorily \pri-ˌper-ə-ˈtȯr-ə-lē alsoˌpre-p(ə-)rə-, pri-ˌpa-rə- \ adverb

Examples of preparatory in a Sentence

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

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KIPP San Antonio Public Schools, a charter school network, has offered a film course in the topic at its middle school for three years and as a dual credit fine arts course at its university preparatory high school for four years. Krista Torralva And Alia Malik, San Antonio Express-News, "Some area schools already plunging into Mexican-American studies," 10 June 2018 After preparatory talks this week, U.S. negotiators have not announced an agenda for the summit, which could bring the two leaders together in Singapore on June 12. Missy Ryan, Washington Post, "What will U.S. give North Korea in exchange for nukes? Ahead of summit, question looms.," 31 May 2018 The White House has vacillated in recent days about whether the two countries were holding preparatory talks in advance of the summit. Peter Nicholas, WSJ, "Trump Revives Hopes of North Korea Summit," 25 May 2018 Before undertaking the official work, Phillips did two preparatory oil sketches of each prince. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Palace Releases Never-Before-Seen Paintings of Prince Harry, Prince William, and More British Royals," 2 July 2018 The two men agreed to hold a new round of working-level talks, which Mr Kim had cancelled the week before, on June 1st, and to arrange dates for military-level discussions and preparatory talks to reinstate family reunions. The Economist, "The leaders of the two Koreas meet again," 27 May 2018 Two weeks later the dying Yugoslav football association held a World Cup preparatory match in the same stadium, only for Croatian fans to jeer at the Yugoslav national anthem. The Economist, "Croatia stands on the cusp of World Cup victory," 13 July 2018 Many elite universities also tap into the same high schools and college preparatory programs to recruit top minority students, resulting in the same group of students from this limited pool, getting offers from multiple colleges. Deirdre Fernandes,, "At Harvard, significantly more black students are admitted than enrolled," 13 June 2018 This exhibition focuses on the body — naked, clothed or partially clothed — and includes paintings, prints and sculptures as well as preparatory studies that helped artists work out poses and details for paintings. Dan Kelly, kansascity, "KC events July 12-18: ‘Mamma Mia,’ Comedy Get Down, Ginger Rogers Festival, Tony Rock," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of preparatory

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for preparatory

Middle English, borrowed from Latin praeparātōrius, from praeparāre "to prepare" + -tōrius, deverbal adjective suffix, originally in derivatives from agent nouns ending in -tōr-, -tor

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English Language Learners Definition of preparatory

: used or done to prepare for something


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

Kids Definition of preparatory

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

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