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preliminary

adjective [not gradable]  /prɪˈlɪm·əˌner·i/ us  
coming before a more important action or event, esp. introducing or preparing for it: preliminary talks a preliminary investigation The preliminary rounds of negotiation went well.
preliminary
noun [C usually pl]  /prɪˈlɪm·əˌner·i/ us  
Her time of 12:32 took four seconds off the mark she set in Friday’s preliminaries.
Translations of “preliminary”
in Spanish preliminar…
in French préliminaire…
in German einleitend…
in Chinese (Traditional) 初步的,起始的, 預備的…
in Russian предварительный…
in Turkish başlangıç, ilk, ön…
in Chinese (Simplified) 初步的,起始的, 预备的…
in Polish wstępny…
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