preparatory

  • 1 Preparatory — Pre*par a*to*ry, a. [L. praeparatorius: cf. F. pr[ e]paratoire.] Preparing the way for anything by previous measures of adaptation; antecedent and adapted to what follows; introductory; preparative; as, a preparatory school; a preparatory… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 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

  • 3 preparatory — I adjective anticipatory, beginning, early, expectant, foundational, inaugural, inceptive, incipient, initial, initiative, initiatory, introductory, opening, precautionary, precedent, preceding, precursory, prefatory, preliminary, preludial,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 preparatory — ► ADJECTIVE 1) serving as or carrying out preparation. 2) Brit. relating to education in a preparatory school …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 preparatory — (adj.) early 15c., from L.L. praeparatorius, from L. praeparatus (see PREPARATION (Cf. preparation)). Earlier in same sense was preparative (late 14c.). Applied from 1822 to junior schools in which pupils are prepared for a higher school …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 preparatory — *preliminary, introductory, prefatory Analogous words: fitting, preparing, qualifying, readying, conditioning (see PREPARE) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 preparatory — [adj] introductory, basic before, elementary, in advance of, in anticipation of, inductive, opening, precautionary, prefatory, preliminary, prelusive, prep*, preparative, previous, primary, prior to; concepts 546,585 Ant. auxiliary, supplementary …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 preparatory — pre|par|a|to|ry1 [ prı perə,tɔri ] adjective done as preparation for something else: preparatory training preparatory pre|par|a|to|ry 2 [ prı perə,tɔri ] adverb FORMAL preparatory to before something else as a preparation for it …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 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

  • 14 preparatory — adj. & adv. adj. (often foll. by to) serving to prepare; introductory. adv. (often foll. by to) in a preparatory manner (was packing preparatory to departure). Phrases and idioms: preparatory school a usu. private school preparing pupils for a… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 15 preparatory — adj. preparatory to * * * [prɪ pærət(ə)rɪ] preparatory to …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 16 preparatory — adjective serving as or carrying out preparation. ↘Brit. relating to education in a preparatory school. Phrases preparatory to as a preparation for. Origin ME: from late L. praeparatorius, from praeparat , praeparare (see prepare) …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 17 preparatory — adjective preparatory work preparatory to Syn: preliminary, initial, introductory, prefatory, opening, preparative, precursory …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18 preparatory — I UK [prɪˈpærət(ə)rɪ] / US [prɪˈperəˌtɔrɪ] adjective done as preparation for something else preparatory training II UK [prɪˈpærət(ə)rɪ] / US [prɪˈperəˌtɔrɪ] adverb formal preparatory to …

    English dictionary

  • 19 preparatory — pre•par•a•to•ry [[t]prɪˈpær əˌtɔr i, ˌtoʊr i, ˈpɛər , ˈprɛp ər ə [/t]] adj. 1) serving or designed to prepare: preparatory arrangements[/ex] 2) preliminary; introductory: preparatory remarks[/ex] 3) of or pertaining to training that prepares for… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 preparatory — adjective of or pertaining to preparation, having the purpose of making something or someone ready, preparative I will conduct some preparatory research before choosing the new restaurants location …

    Wiktionary


We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.