- 1Serving as or carrying out preparation for a task or undertaking: more preparatory work is neededMore example sentences
- 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 schoolingMore example sentences
- 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.
- As a preparation for: she applied her make-up preparatory to leavingMore example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: from late Latin praeparatorius, from praeparat- 'made ready beforehand', from the verb praeparare (see prepare).