preliminary
preliminary
adjective
1. (happening before) 
There are some preliminary steps we have to go through before we can obtain the building permit.Tenemos que hacer algunos trámites preliminares antes de obtener el permiso de construcción.
noun
2. (introduction) 
After a few minutes of preliminaries, everyone sat down, and the meeting started.Después de un prolegómeno, todos se sentaron y la reunión comenzó.
This might seem like bad storm, but it's just a preliminary to hurricane season.Esto podría parecer una tormenta fuerte, pero es solo un preludio a la temporada de huracanes.
We don't have any time for preliminaries. Are you ready to make a deal?No tenemos tiempo para preámbulos. ¿Está preparado para hacer un trato?
preliminaries
plural noun
3. (sports) 
One of the swimmers was training for the preliminaries of the 50-meter freestyle.Uno de los nadadores entrenaba para las preliminares de los 50 metros libres.
preliminary
Noun
1. (general) 
a. el preludio (M) 
preliminariespreliminares mpl
adjective
2. (general) 
a. preliminar 
preliminary [prɪˈlɪmɪnərɪ]
adjective
preliminar
noun
1 prolegómeno (m)
a background check is normally a preliminary to a presidential appointment la comprobación del historial personal es normalmente un prolegómeno al nombramiento de presidente; let's dispense with the preliminaries and get down to business dejémonos de prolegómenos or preámbulos y vayamos al grano
It had taken about ten minutes to cover the preliminaries...
2 (Dep) fase (f) previa
The winner of each preliminary goes through to the final
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