preparation

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noun prep·a·ra·tion \ˌpre-pə-ˈrā-shən\

Definition of preparation

  1. 1 :  the action or process of making something ready for use or service or of getting ready for some occasion, test, or duty

  2. 2 :  a state of being prepared

  3. 3 :  a preparatory act or measure

  4. 4 :  something that is prepared; specifically :  a medicinal substance made ready for use

Examples of preparation in a Sentence

  1. The festival involves a lot of preparation.

  2. To complete this recipe, plan on about 30 minutes of preparation and 40 minutes of baking.

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Origin and Etymology of preparation

Middle English preparacion, from Middle French preparation, from Latin praeparation-, praeparatio, from praeparare to prepare


First Known Use: 14th century



PREPARATION Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of preparation for English Language Learners

  • : the activity or process of making something ready or of becoming ready for something

  • preparations : 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 Defined for Kids

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noun prep·a·ra·tion \ˌpre-pə-ˈrā-shən\

Definition of preparation for Students

  1. 1 :  the act or process of making or getting ready beforehand Travel requires a lot of preparation.

  2. 2 :  something done to make or get ready Preparations for the move are underway.

  3. 3 :  something made for a special purpose a preparation for burns


Medical Dictionary

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noun prep·a·ra·tion \ˌprep-ə-ˈrā-shən\

Medical Definition of preparation

  1. 1:  the action or process of preparing

  2. 2:  something that is prepared; specifically :  a medicinal substance made ready for use a preparation for colds



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