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preparatory

pre·par·a·to·ry

preparatory

 
pronunciation:
prih peI r to ri [or] pre p r to ri
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: designed to prepare or make ready.
similar words:
preparative
definition 2: in preparation for; introductory.
preparatory comments
synonyms:
introductory, preliminary
similar words:
precursory, prefatory, prerequisite
definition 3: relating to training in preparation for higher education.
preparatory school
similar words:
prep, private, secondary
derivation: preparatorily (adv.)
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The word preparatory contains the following part:
-ory, -atory2 Latin adjective-forming suffix that means serving to, pertaining to
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The suffix -ory , -atory2 attaches to Latin verb roots to form adjectives. Adjectives ending in "-atory " tend to have corresponding verbs ending in "-ate" (congratulatory: congratulate).