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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News reports that while other stars were cozying up in preparation of Friday’s nomination announcement, Cardi was in court to address a case regarding an alleged strip club fight. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Cardi B Learned About Her Grammy Nominations as She Left Court," 8 Dec. 2018 Sources: For a list of experts consulted during the preparation of this article, click here. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Debunking Myths About United Flight 93," 10 Sep. 2018 Or foliar feed by spraying the leaves with doubly diluted preparations of these solutions. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 As a result, Alaska takes its earthquake preparation very seriously. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "How Alaska fixed its earthquake-shattered roads in just days," 8 Dec. 2018 But my slightly panicked preparations around 4 p.m. paid off. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Putting Ottolenghi’s New Cookbook, Simple, to the Test," 4 Oct. 2018 France fine-tuned their preparations for the World Cup final against Croatia on Friday, desperate to overcome the bitter disappointment of losing the Euro 2016 final as FIFA declared Russia 2018 the best-ever tournament. John Weaver,, "France seek World Cup glory inspired by Euro 2016 heartbrake," 13 July 2018 Teams fly players from virtually anywhere in the world to their practice facilities for minicamp—some organizations arrive four or five days early in Las Vegas to host their training preparations. Jake Fischer,, "The Economics of a Las Vegas Summer League Invite," 12 July 2018 As part of the program established after missing the first half last season due to a stress fracture in his left leg, McGruder was told to ease into his preparations for next season. Ira Winderman,, "Heat's Rodney McGruder practicing patience, something he doesn't practice a lot," 10 July 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


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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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