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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Though the Warriors remained intrigued with his athleticism and playmaking, the Warriors also became frustrated with his decision-making, preparation and maturity. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Jordan Bell explains why he chose to join Minnesota Timberwolves," 4 July 2019 At East Manor, a Chinese restaurant at 5600 W. Colonial Drive in Pine Hills, rodent droppings were found near the dishwasher, as well as live bugs in the kitchen, food preparation and storage areas and dead flies in the coffee station. Caroline Glenn,, "Orlando pizzeria closed after inspectors find a dog, rat droppings in kitchen; 8 other restaurants cited," 2 July 2019 The herculean task of conducting field science at 29,035 feet demanded months of preparation and planning. National Geographic, "Inside the Everest expedition that built the world’s highest weather station," 27 June 2019 Fitness tech has entered a new phase meant not for activity itself but for preparation and recovery. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "The Tech Industry's Latest Fitness Craze: Recovery," 24 June 2019 Footage of the siblings’ preparations and their family’s history of death-defying stunts also aired during the two-hour prime-time special. Fox News, "Flying Wallendas cross Times Square on high wire in dramatic stunt," 24 June 2019 With hurricane season underway, officials in northwest Harris County are stressing the importance of preparation and staying safe during floods. Mayra Cruz, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County officials stress safety, preparations during hurricane season," 14 June 2019 More bids will be awarded as site preparation and construction continues. Anna Beahm |,, "Conceptual design for BJCC stadium approved," 12 June 2019 Everything cooks in one pan for easy preparations and cleanup. Linda Gassenheimer, miamiherald, "Try the sheet pan dinner trend with these tasty shrimp fajitas," 4 June 2019

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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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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


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


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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