from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Serving to make ready or prepare; introductory. synonym: preliminary.
  • adjective Relating to or engaged in study or training that serves as preparation for advanced education.
  • adverb In preparation for. Used with to:

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Preparing or serving to prepare the way for something to follow; antecedent; preparative; introductory: as, to adopt preparatory measures.
  • In course of preparation; receiving preparative instruction or training: as, a preparatory student.
  • noun A preparative.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Preparing the way for anything by previous measures of adaptation; antecedent and adapted to what follows; introductory; preparative

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of or pertaining to preparation, having the purpose of making something or someone ready, preparative

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective preceding and preparing for something


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