preliminary ( preliminaries plural )
1 adj Preliminary activities or discussions take place at the beginning of an event, often as a form of preparation.
usu ADJ n
Preliminary results show the Republican party with 11 percent of the vote..., Preliminary talks on the future of the bases began yesterday.
2 n-count A preliminary is something that you do at the beginning of an activity, often as a form of preparation.
oft N to n/-ing
A background check is normally a preliminary to a presidential appointment.
3 n-count A preliminary is the first part of a competition to see who will go on to the main competition.
The winner of each preliminary goes through to the final.
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adj exploratory, first, initial, initiatory, introductory, opening, pilot, precursory, prefatory, preparatory, prior, qualifying, test, trial
n beginning, first round, foundation, groundwork, initiation, introduction, opening, overture, preamble, preface, prelims, prelude, preparation, start
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