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1 the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purpose; "preparations for the ceremony had begun" [syn: readying]
2 a substance prepared according to a formula [syn: formulation]
3 the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening; "his planning for retirement was hindered by several uncertainties" [syn: planning, provision]
4 the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action); "putting them in readiness"; "their preparation was more than adequate" [syn: readiness, preparedness]
5 (music) a note that produces a dissonant chord is first heard in a consonant chord; "the resolution of one dissonance is often the preparation for another disonance" [ant: resolution]
6 activity leading to skilled behavior [syn: training, grooming]
7 preparatory school work done outside school (especially at home) [syn: homework, prep]
8 the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat; "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife" [syn: cooking, cookery]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The act of preparing or getting ready
  2. That which is prepared
  3. A substance, especially a remedy, that is prepared
    The traditional remedy is a bitter preparation made from steamed herbs.


act of preparing or getting ready

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