Definition of preliminary to in English:

preliminary to


  • Preparatory to; in advance of.

    • ‘The archaeological excavation is a necessary preliminary to that work, and pipe laying cannot take place until the archaeology has been completed.’
    • ‘More dramatically, we looked over the house that ‘Venice in Peril’ have had surveyed as a preliminary to the city repairing it and dividing it up.’
    • ‘It's merely a preliminary to the long and painful efforts to undo the damage, which have no guarantee of success.’
    • ‘This was clearly preliminary to a renewed attempt to expand into Scotland, and by AD 142-3 southern Scotland was reoccupied by the Roman forces.’
    • ‘The Miss Universe Zambia is the official preliminary to the Miss Universe pageant held every year.’
    in preparation for, before, in advance of, prior to, ahead of, preparatory to
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