prep·a·ra·tion | \ ˌpre-pə-ˈrā-shən \

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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The 5 African teams representing the continent Senegal, Nigeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt are neck deep and focused in the preparations. Steven Goff, Houston Chronicle, "FIFA president: World Cup could expand to 48 teams in 2022, ahead of schedule," 13 July 2018 The soaking wet woman, Cynthia Strunk, 67, and her husband, Shannon, 53, had been watching the wedding preparations from their beachfront home all morning. Hannah Natanson,, "A storm was ruining this beach wedding. Then a total stranger made the bride an offer," 12 July 2018 The least flashy section of the menu is arguably the best, sharp and sublime across the board, no matter who is handling the preparation — a testament to the team Nakano has assembled. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "No-frills Sushi Nakano one of the best casual sushi restaurants in Phoenix," 10 July 2018 Among the preparations, Centerplate, the stadium concessionaire, will buttress its concession stands with 50,000 extra bottles of water and will bring in 70,000 pounds of ice, which will be handed out in free 12-oz cups for water fountain refills. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Everything you need to know about Taylor Swift's Louisville concert," 29 June 2018 The plan is to take it slowly to start, to see how Burnes reacts to the much different preparation and workload that comes with being a reliever. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Brewers pitching prospect Corbin Burnes rolls with the punches," 26 June 2018 The preparations were discussed by Ramona Municipal Water District board members at their June 12 meeting. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Fire readiness begins with property checks, new fire truck," 21 June 2018 The preparations had been hushed: Relatively few people on the base, even among those assembling and loading the bombs, knew that this was something other than a training run. William Langewiesche, The Atlantic, "An Extraordinarily Expensive Way to Fight ISIS," 21 June 2018 Wayne Carpenter, who began working as a superintendent at Torrey Pines in 2006, and now oversees agronomy at the Balboa Park and Mission Bay courses, said the Open preparation greatly boosted the staff level and that has been maintained since ’08. Tod Leonard,, "Decade later, U.S. Open memories draw many fans to Torrey Pines," 12 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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English Language Learners Definition of preparation

: 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


prep·a·ra·tion | \ ˌpre-pə-ˈrā-shən \

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 \

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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