Definition of preparatory in English:


Line breaks: pre|para|tory
Pronunciation: /prɪˈparət(ə)ri


  • 1Serving as or carrying out preparation for a task or undertaking: more preparatory work is needed
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    • It was due for completion by May 2005 but so far only preparatory work has been carried out and no hearings have taken place.
    • Volunteers are required to carry out the preparatory work.
    • Johnston is already on site carrying out preparatory works and construction will begin immediately.
  • 1.1British Relating to education in a prep school: preparatory schooling
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    • Some preparatory or junior schools also offer scholarships, but awards for children under the age of seven are rare.
    • A like-for-like, three-year comparison between preparatory and state schools is not possible.
    • The mixed independent preparatory day school is building four new classrooms and a specialist support classroom.


preparatory to

As a preparation for: she applied her make-up preparatory to leaving
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  • He explained that civil orders - similar to anti-social behaviour orders - could be imposed against individuals who had not committed an offence but were suspected of ‘acts preparatory to terrorism’.
  • That song always reminds me of sitting on my bedroom floor making collages for my portfolio, preparatory to going for my interview for the art A-level course at Brunel College of Arts and Technology (now City of Bristol College).
  • This afternoon I used various cleaning substances and a battery powered scrubbing device to eliminate anything growing in the grout along the edge of my tub preparatory to re-sealing the seam with silicon.
in preparation for, in advance of, before, prior to, previous to, in anticipation of, in expectation of, leading up to


late Middle English: from late Latin praeparatorius, from praeparat- 'made ready beforehand', from the verb praeparare (see prepare).

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