- (usually prenominal) occurring before or in preparation; introductory
- a preliminary event or occurrence
- an eliminating contest held before the main competition
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
pre•lim•i•nar•y /prɪˈlɪməˌnɛri/USA pronunciation adj., n., pl. -nar•ies.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
pre•lim•i•nar•y (pri lim′ə ner′ē),USA pronunciation adj., n., pl. -nar•ies.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
preliminary /prɪˈlɪmɪnərɪ/ adj
'preliminary' also found in these entries:
Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test - animatic - basal - bracket - burning - butter - bye - cadet - ceasefire - committee of the whole - construe - croquis - curtain raiser - curtain-raiser - dawn raid - design - draft - flash - footwork - fore plane - forward - front-end processor - ground plan - groundwork - hearing - heat - initial - introduction - introductory - justice of the peace - lay out - lead up to - magistrate - magistrates' court - maquette - miniconvention - nibble - off-line - opening - outline - paper - pathoformic - periphery - pilot - pourparler - preamble - preanesthetic - precancerous - precede - precursory
Collocations: the preliminaries [begin, start] on [Monday], was eliminated during the preliminaries, was lucky to [get, make it] through the preliminaries, more...
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