the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purpose
"preparations for the ceremony had begun"
a substance prepared according to a formula
"the physician prescribed a commercial preparation of the medicine"
planning, preparation, provision(noun)
the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening
"his planning for retirement was hindered by several uncertainties"
readiness, preparedness, preparation(noun)
the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action)
"putting them in readiness"; "their preparation was more than adequate"
(music) a note that produces a dissonant chord is first heard in a consonant chord
"the resolution of one dissonance is often the preparation for another dissonance"
training, preparation, grooming(noun)
activity leading to skilled behavior
homework, prep, preparation(noun)
preparatory school work done outside school (especially at home)
cooking, cookery, preparation(noun)
the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat
"cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"
The act of preparing or getting ready.
That which is prepared.
A substance, especially a remedy, that is prepared.
The traditional remedy is a bitter preparation made from steamed herbs.
the act of preparing or fitting beforehand for a particular purpose, use, service, or condition; previous arrangement or adaptation; a making ready; as, the preparation of land for a crop of wheat; the preparation of troops for a campaign
the state of being prepared or made ready; preparedness; readiness; fitness; as, a nation in good preparation for war
that which makes ready, prepares the way, or introduces; a preparatory act or measure
that which is prepared, made, or compounded by a certain process or for a particular purpose; a combination. Specifically: (a) Any medicinal substance fitted for use. (b) Anything treated for preservation or examination as a specimen. (c) Something prepared for use in cookery
an army or fleet
the holding over of a note from one chord into the next chord, where it forms a temporary discord, until resolved in the chord that follows; the anticipation of a discordant note in the preceding concord, so that the ear is prepared for the shock. See Suspension
Origin: [F. prparation, L. praeparatio. See Prepare.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
prep-a-rā′shun, n. the act of preparing: previous arrangement: the state of being prepared or ready: that which is prepared or made ready: (anat.) a part of any animal body preserved as a specimen: the day before the Sabbath or other Jewish feast-day: devotional exercises introducing an office: (mus.) the previous introduction, as an integral part of a chord, of a note continued into a succeeding dissonance.—adj. Prēpar′ative, having the power of preparing or making ready: fitting for anything.—n. that which prepares the way: preparation.—adv. Prēpar′atively, by way of preparation.—adj. Prēpar′atory, preparing for something coming: previous: introductory. [Fr.,—L.]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Preparation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3057
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Preparation' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3420
Rank popularity for the word 'Preparation' in Nouns Frequency: #1051
The numerical value of Preparation in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of Preparation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre.
Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.
Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation.
With that strategic preparation, we are pretty confident we can imagine the exceptions and the weak partners but these will be very limited.
So much of our time is preparation, so much is routine, and so much retrospect, that the path of each man's genius contracts itself to a very few hours.
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Translations for Preparation
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- إعداد, تحضير, تجهيزArabic
- preparacióCatalan, Valencian
- forberedelse, præparation, præparat, tilberedningDanish
- esikäsittely, valmistautuminen, valmisteluFinnish
- deasachadhScottish Gaelic
- preparasyonHaitian Creole
- պատրաստում, պատրաստությունArmenian
- 準備, 支度Japanese
- pregătire, preparare, preparatRomanian
- приготовление, подготовкаRussian
- prȉprava, prisprema, pripremaSerbo-Croatian
- tayari, utayarishi, mapemaSwahili
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