preparation

noun
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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And after years of preparation, cops started to wear body cameras in order to provide greater accountability for their actions and a means of keeping police safe. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "New York City cops will fly a drone over the New Year’s Eve celebration at Times Square," 30 Dec. 2018 That came on November 27, 2017, and months of preparation later, they were married on May 19. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Pregnant With Their First Child," 15 Oct. 2018 Cobb’s unconventional preparation for the season is well-documented. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Cobb's momentum stalls again with another short outing for Orioles," 27 June 2018 As part of the preparations, Ms. Gillibrand has hired Joi Chaney to become her new Senate chief of staff. Ken Thomas, WSJ, "Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Staffs Up for Likely 2020 Presidential Run," 11 Jan. 2019 But even with years of preparation, sometimes Mars can get the better of a spacecraft. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Hanging out at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory," 27 Nov. 2018 Bobby also went on to add that hanging out with Len in preparation for his semi-final routine was a blast. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Bobby Bones Says the ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Judges Don’t Want Him to Win Tonight," 19 Nov. 2018 Make all child-safety preparations in advance, such as covering electrical outlets, moving lamps and vases away from table edges, and making provisions to block stairways to prevent hazardous falls. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "15 Things to Do Around the House Before the Holidays," 16 Nov. 2018 This allowed me to compare the pre-preparation insect tastes to that of the final dishes. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Ars eats more bugs, finds a few we like," 30 Sep. 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 \

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 \

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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