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1Serving as or carrying out preparation for a task or undertaking:‘more preparatory work is needed’
preliminary, initial, prior, introductory, prefatory, opening, basic, elementary, fundamental, rudimentary, preparative, precursory, initiatoryView synonyms
- ‘Johnston is already on site carrying out preparatory works and construction will begin immediately.’
- ‘All those involved have undertaken intensive preparatory training.’
- ‘At the ceremony speakers referred to the importance and significance of inaugurating the preparatory committee.’
- ‘I know that they have been carrying out the preparatory work to effect the repairs needed.’
- ‘With regard to interview transcripts, the Judge said that ‘that could certainly await the preparatory hearing’.’
- ‘The contractor can, on the basis of the letter of intent, commence the preliminary preparatory work.’
- ‘He was speaking during the preliminary preparatory meeting for the official launch of the project on May 13.’
- ‘She did preparatory research for the committee's work and took part in the process of discussing and drafting the proposed law that this paper analyses.’
- ‘The administration is not serious in carrying out the preparatory work needed for the enforcement of the bylaw.’
- ‘It was due for completion by May 2005 but so far only preparatory work has been carried out and no hearings have taken place.’
- ‘The preparatory committee has been overwhelmed by the interest shown by exhibitors.’
- ‘The decision was not an easily taken one as the committee had put in quite a bit of preparatory work so far.’
- ‘Volunteers are required to carry out the preparatory work.’
- ‘At a preparatory hearing he raised possible defences of duress, necessity and public interest.’
- ‘Agriculture and economic policy have their own special preparatory committees.’
- ‘The delays have been caused by the complex preparatory work being undertaken at the site.’
- ‘The spokeswoman said that contractors were now on site carrying out early preparatory work, and plans were in hand to close the gap within the next few weeks.’
- 1.1British Relating to education in a prep school:‘preparatory schooling’
- ‘Children's education goes through primary, preparatory, and secondary stages.’
- ‘The college preparatory program readies students for university study.’
- ‘Brian was therefore sent to a preparatory school on the south coast as a boarder.’
- ‘Only 5 percent of students take a college preparatory course in secondary school.’
- ‘A like-for-like, three-year comparison between preparatory and state schools is not possible.’
- ‘He is in a college preparatory program in Drummondville, studying science.’
- ‘Students can choose to spend the second three years either in a preparatory program or in vocational training.’
- ‘After the age of sixteen, students choose between vocational and college preparatory training.’
- ‘The mixed independent preparatory day school is building four new classrooms and a specialist support classroom.’
- ‘Children begin school in kindergarten and attend elementary, preparatory, and secondary school.’
- ‘Following this, they may opt for either one year of college preparatory study or vocational training.’
- ‘Some preparatory or junior schools also offer scholarships, but awards for children under the age of seven are rare.’
- ‘A new head teacher has taken over at an independent preparatory school in Ilkley.’
Late Middle English: from late Latin praeparatorius, from praeparat- made ready beforehand, from the verb praeparare (see prepare).
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