Denoting an action or event preceding or done in preparation for something fuller or more important.; An action or event preceding or preparing for something fuller or more important.; Business or talk, especially of a formulaic or polite nature, taking place before an action or event.; A preliminary round in a sporting competition.; The prelims or front matter of a book.; preliminary to; Preparatory to; in advance of.
‘the discussions were seen as preliminary to the policy paper’
‘The numbers from these tests are still very preliminary and are mostly being kept under wraps.’
‘Feeling satisfied with this preliminary exploration of the market, I went back to my room.’
‘It was announced that last week’s paper was only a preliminary draft.’
‘During this time, they would prepare gravestones and do preliminary carving.’
предварительный, подготовительное мероприятие