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English noun: prelude

1. prelude (event) something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows

SamplesTraining is a necessary preliminary to employment.
Drinks were the overture to dinner.

Synonymsoverture, preliminary

Broader (hypernym)inception, origin, origination

2. prelude (communication) music that precedes a fugue or introduces an act in an opera

Broader (hypernym)music

Narrower (hyponym)chorale prelude

English verb: prelude

1. prelude (stative) serve as a prelude or opening to

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)function, serve

2. prelude (creation) play as a prelude

ExamplesThey will prelude the duet

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)play, spiel

Domain categorymusic

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