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Definition 1: a minor match preceding the main event - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for preliminary in the sense of this definition

(preliminary is a kind of ...) a contest between athletes

Definition 2: something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows - [noun denoting event]

Samples where preliminary or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • training is a necessary preliminary to employment
  • drinks were the overture to dinner

Synonyms for preliminary in the sense of this definition

(preliminary is a kind of ...) an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events

Definition 3: denoting an action or event preceding or in preparation for something more important - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where preliminary or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a preliminary investigation

(preliminary is similar to ...) serving in or intended for exploration or discovery

"an exploratory operation" "exploratory reconnaissance" "digging an exploratory well in the Gulf of Mexico" "exploratory talks between diplomats"

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