词性:adj. n.
音标: [prɪˈlɪmɪneri]

Preliminary means something that comes before something else. If you want to run in the race, you have to place in the top third of the preliminary round. It can also mean “early” — the preliminary results are in, and you’ve won!

Mr. Conners, this is a preliminary hearing.

Any preliminary results?

If you’d like to review our preliminary data?

I’m sending you a preliminary contract.

Preliminary investigations suggest that this was suicide.