What does preparation mean?

Definitions for preparation
ˌprɛp əˈreɪ ʃənprepa·ra·tion

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word preparation.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. preparation, readyingnoun

    the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purpose

    "preparations for the ceremony had begun"

  2. formulation, preparationnoun

    a substance prepared according to a formula

    "the physician prescribed a commercial preparation of the medicine"

  3. planning, preparation, provisionnoun

    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"

  4. readiness, preparedness, preparationnoun

    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"

  5. preparationnoun

    (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"

  6. training, preparation, groomingnoun

    activity leading to skilled behavior

  7. homework, prep, preparationnoun

    preparatory school work done outside school (especially at home)

  8. cooking, cookery, preparationnoun

    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"


  1. preparationnoun

    The act of preparing or getting ready.

  2. preparationnoun

    That which is prepared.

  3. preparationnoun

    A substance, especially a remedy, that is prepared.

    The traditional remedy is a bitter preparation made from steamed herbs.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Preparationnoun

    Etymology: preparatio, Lat. preparation, Fr. from prepare.

    Nothing hath proved more fatal to that due preparation for another life, than our unhappy mistake of the nature and end of this. William Wake, Preparation for Death.

    I will shew what preparations there were in nature for this great dissolution, and after what manner it came to pass. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    I make bold to press, with so little preparation, upon you. —— You’re welcome. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    In the preparations of cookery, the most volatile parts of vegetables are destroyed. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    I wish the chymists had been more sparing, who magnify their preparations, inveigle the curiosity of many, and delude the security of most. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Sir John, you are a gentleman of excellent breeding, authentick in your place and person, generally allowed for your many warlike, courtlike and learned preparations. William Shakespeare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preparationnoun

    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

  2. Preparationnoun

    the state of being prepared or made ready; preparedness; readiness; fitness; as, a nation in good preparation for war

  3. Preparationnoun

    that which makes ready, prepares the way, or introduces; a preparatory act or measure

  4. Preparationnoun

    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

  5. Preparationnoun

    an army or fleet

  6. Preparationnoun

    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

  7. Preparationnoun

    accomplishment; qualification

  8. Etymology: [F. prparation, L. praeparatio. See Prepare.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Preparation

    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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. preparation

    Act and process of to prepare.

    The preparation for the Olympic games continues.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 6, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'preparation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3057

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'preparation' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3420

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'preparation' in Nouns Frequency: #1051

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of preparation in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of preparation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of preparation in a Sentence

  1. Meg Bach:

    We have modules on sleep, on positivity, on meeting preparation, the value of taking breaks throughout the day.

  2. Dane Kapler:

    Thinking about nerves in a positive light like this just helps me go into a game — or any other kind of performance — with more confidence, a lot of coaches will conflate nervousness with fear or lack of preparation, but I think that kind of mentality can really drag your confidence down. When you view nerves as a natural thing and as a good thing, it helps you maintain your confidence.

  3. Mark Kelly:

    There hasn't been enough preparation. There hasn't been a plan put in place.

  4. Goran Dragic:

    We definitely want to be in the top six and not play in the seeding game, we need to fight every game because it’s important. It is the playoffs. The preparation is just different.

  5. Peter Maurer:

    I think there is still a lot of work to do till large scale repatriation is a realistic possibility, much more has to happen in terms of reception structure, preparations, also preparation of the communities to receive again those who came (to Bangladesh) from Myanmar.

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