preparation

noun
prep·​a·​ra·​tion | \ ˌpre-pə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce preparation (audio) \

Definition of preparation

1 : the action or process of making something ready for use or service or of getting ready for some occasion, test, or duty
2 : a state of being prepared
3 : a preparatory act or measure
4 : something that is prepared specifically : a medicinal substance made ready for use

Examples of preparation in a Sentence

The festival involves a lot of preparation. To complete this recipe, plan on about 30 minutes of preparation and 40 minutes of baking.

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In preparation, the couple also took the big step of moving out of Kensington Palace in London to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, renovating run-down staff quarters into a 10-bedroom home. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "A Timeline of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Relationship," 8 May 2019 Stars are doing it up in preparation to look their very best for tonight, and Miley Cyrus is seemingly very excited for the Met. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Miley Cyrus Cut Her Hair in Preparation for the 2019 Met Gala," 6 May 2019 Disney’s already pulling that content from other services in preparation. David Pierce, WSJ, "Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 The storm is forecasted to make landfall Thursday or very early Friday morning, and already, communities along the coast are evacuating in preparation. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Hurricane Florence: where the storm is and where it’s heading," 11 Sep. 2018 Through his work, Verner knows what could be at stake if nothing is done in preparation of climate change’s most devastating effects. Rob Goodier, Popular Mechanics, "How Climate Change Could Break the Internet," 19 July 2018 In preparation to demolish four existing buildings, the museum will have to pack and move about 125,000 objects. Deborah Vankin, latimes.com, "At LACMA, new urgency to finish raising $650 million for the new museum building," 3 July 2018 Last November council enacted a charter in preparation of becoming a city in 2020. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "Amelia resident removed from council meeting in handcuffs," 29 June 2018 In preparation, many Saudi Arabian women have been taking driving classes on female-only college campuses. Editors, USA TODAY, "Saudi women drivers, Tennessee Pride, World Cup and 5 things to know this weekend," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of preparation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for preparation

Middle English preparacioun, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French preparacion, borrowed from Latin praeparātiōn-, praeparātiō, from praeparāre "to prepare" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action

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preparation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of preparation

: the activity or process of making something ready or of becoming ready for something
: things that are done to make something ready or to become ready for something
: a substance (such as a cream or lotion) that you use as medicine or to improve your appearance

preparation

noun
prep·​a·​ra·​tion | \ ˌpre-pə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce preparation (audio) \

Kids Definition of preparation

1 : the act or process of making or getting ready beforehand Travel requires a lot of preparation.
2 : something done to make or get ready Preparations for the move are underway.
3 : something made for a special purpose a preparation for burns

preparation

noun
prep·​a·​ra·​tion | \ ˌprep-ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce preparation (audio) \

Medical Definition of preparation

1 : the action or process of preparing
2 : something that is prepared specifically : a medicinal substance made ready for use a preparation for colds

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