Meaning of PRELIMINARY in English



Preliminary activities or discussions take place at the beginning of an event, often as a form of preparation.

Preliminary results show the Republican party with 11 percent of the vote...

Preliminary talks on the future of the bases began yesterday.

ADJ: usu ADJ n


A ~ is something that you do at the beginning of an activity, often as a form of preparation.

A background check is normally a ~ to a presidential appointment.

N-COUNT: oft N to n/-ing


A ~ is the first part of a competition to see who will go on to the main competition.

The winner of each ~ goes through to the final.


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