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preface

noun [C]     /ˈpref.ɪs/
an introduction at the beginning of a book explaining its aims: In his preface, the author says that he took eight years to write the book.Books and parts of books a preface to sth an event that comes before something more important: We're hoping these talks could be a preface to peace.Beginnings and starts
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