Pronunciation: (pri-par'u-tôr"ē, -tōr"ē, -pâr'-, prep'ur-u-),[key] —adj. 1. serving or designed to prepare: preparatory arrangements. 2. preliminary; introductory: preparatory remarks. 3. of or pertaining to training that prepares for more advanced education.
—adv. preparatory to, in advance of; before: The astronauts met with the press preparatory to lifting off.