preliminary - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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/priˈlɪmɪn(ə)ri/
singularpreliminary
pluralpreliminaries
  1. 1
    [often plural] something that is said or done to introduce or prepare for something else

    After a few brief preliminaries, she launched into her speech.

  2. 2

    the preliminaries

    [plural] the first part of a competition in which those who win compete in the main event and those who are defeated no longer take part