preparatory to
preposition Date: 1649 in preparation for

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • preparatory to — IN PREPARATION FOR, before, prior to, preliminary to. → preparatory * * * preparatory to phrase before something else, as a preparation for it He was gathering up his belongings preparatory to leaving. Thesaurus: before a time or eventsynonym… …   Useful english dictionary

  • preparatory to — we locked all the doors and windows preparatory to leaving Syn: in preparation for, before, prior to, preliminary to …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • preparatory to — before something else, as a preparation for it He was gathering up his belongings preparatory to leaving …   English dictionary

  • preparatory to — as a preparation for. → preparatory …   English new terms dictionary

  • preparatory to — before , previous to …   English contemporary dictionary

  • preparatory — [prē par′ə tôr΄ē, pripar′ə tôr΄ē; prep′ə rətôr΄ē] adj. [ME < ML praeparatorius] 1. that prepares or serves to prepare; preliminary; introductory ☆ 2. undergoing preparation, esp. for college entrance [a preparatory student] preparatory to in… …   English World dictionary

  • preparatory — pre|par|a|to|ry [prıˈpærətəri US to:ri] adj 1.) [only before noun] done in order to get ready for something ▪ preparatory talks to clear the way for a peace settlement ▪ preparatory drawings ▪ A lot of preparatory work still needs to be done. 2.) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • preparatory — [[t]prɪpæ̱rətri, AM tɔːri[/t]] 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n Preparatory actions are done before doing something else as a form of preparation or as an introduction. At least a year s preparatory work will be necessary before building can start.… …   English dictionary

  • preparatory — preparatorily, adv. /pri par euh tawr ee, tohr ee, pair , prep euhr euh /, adj. 1. serving or designed to prepare: preparatory arrangements. 2. preliminary; introductory: preparatory remarks. 3. of or pertaining to training that prepares for more …   Universalium

  • preparatory — adjective 1 (only before noun) done in order to get ready for something: preparatory talks to clear the way for a peace settlement 2 preparatory to formal before something else and in order to prepare for it: The partners held several meetings… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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