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Definition preceding and preparing for something

The expressions preparatory school and preparatory classes typically imply preparation for college. Often, preparatory school is shortened to prep school.
  • The preparatory school has a reputation for sending students to top colleges.
  • She opened the meeting with some preparatory remarks.
  • a preparatory meeting to set the agenda
  • preparatory steps
  • It was a long train ride up to our prep school in Boston, and there were guys on that train.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • prep school = preceding and preparing for something
  • He mounted a starting box, leaned forward from the waist as he had seen racing swimmers do but never had occasion to do himself—I noticed a preparatory looseness coming into his shoulders and arms, a controlled ease about his stance which was unexpected in anyone trying to break a record.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • He wore a velvet prep school blazer with a crest emblazoned on it in glittering thread, and at least a dozen rings.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • "Preparatory examination negative," Dr. Krokowski announced.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • "Very well," said Gabriel amiably, as he took another preparatory draught, "kindly forget my existence, ladies and gentlemen, for a few minutes."
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • In high school she enrolled in the college preparatory course.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • Once he heard a warning groan beneath his feet and felt the steel settle preparatory to giving way, but he had already moved on.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • And welcome, teachers and students from .... the Beecher Prep School!
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • Mrs. Radford had done all the little jobs preparatory to going to bed, had locked the door and filled the kettle.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Educated at prep school and the Sorbonne, he had a cum laude degree in international finance.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Your mother's maiden name is Bryn Branson Cabot, and she attended St. Mary's Preparatory School in New Hampshire.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • She has had her country wedding, and I've got rid of my goose to some fellows who are starting a preparatory school."
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • He leaped down and lifted the yoke preparatory to watering his animals.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • He became aware that Mr. Jackson was clearing his throat preparatory to farther revelations.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Instead of the Rowan you know, they'll be witness to nothing more than a posh little prep school.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • This was Smurov, a boy in the preparatory class (two classes below Kolya Krassotkin), son of a well-to-do official.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov

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