Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of preparing.
  • n. The state of having been made ready beforehand; readiness.
  • n. A preliminary measure that serves to make ready for something. Often used in the plural: preparations for the wedding.
  • n. A substance, such as a medicine, prepared for a particular purpose.
  • n. Music The anticipation of a dissonant tone by means of its introduction as a consonant tone in the preceding chord.
  • n. Music The dissonant tone so anticipated.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of preparing or getting ready.
  • n. That which is prepared.
  • n. A substance, especially a remedy, that is prepared.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of preparing or fitting beforehand for a particular purpose, use, service, or condition; previous arrangement or adaptation; a making ready
  • n. The state of being prepared or made ready; preparedness; readiness; fitness.
  • n. That which makes ready, prepares the way, or introduces; a preparatory act or measure.
  • n. 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.
  • n. An army or fleet.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Accomplishment; qualification.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of preparing or making ready; qualification for a particular use, service, or application; adaptation to an end; training; equipment.
  • n. Formation; composition; manufacture: as, the preparation of gunpowder; the preparation of glycerin.
  • n. A measure or means taken beforehand to secure a certain result; a preparatory proceeding or circumstance.
  • n. The state of being prepared or in readiness; preparedness.
  • n. That which is equipped or fitted out.
  • n. That which results from mental or moral training; qualification; accomplishment.
  • n. That which is prepared, manufactured, or compounded: as, a chemical preparation; a preparation of oil and wax.
  • n. In anatomy, an animal body or any part of it prepared for anatomical purposes, or preserved to display parts already dissected.
  • n. In counterpoint and strict musical composition generally: that treatment of the voice-parts whereby a dissonance in any chord is introduced as a consonance in the preceding chord, and simply held over into the dissonant chord by its own voice-part, while the others move;
  • n. a consonant tone in any voice-part which is thus about to become a dissonance.
  • n. The day before the sabbath or any other Jewish feast-day. Also called day of the preparation (Mat. xxvii. 62). Compare parasceve.
  • n. Eccles., devotions or prayers used by the celebrant or officiant, assistants, choristers, etc., before the eucharistic or other offices.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening
  • n. the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat
  • n. preparatory school work done outside school (especially at home)
  • n. activity leading to skilled behavior
  • n. a substance prepared according to a formula
  • n. the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purpose
  • n. the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action)
  • n. (music) a note that produces a dissonant chord is first heard in a consonant chord

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Examples

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  • He has several more titles in preparation, is eyeing the international market.

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  • The ingredients are easy to find and the preparation is a breeze.

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  • The very nature of the duty, which we call preparation, doth inevitably include this, that the time for it must be antecedent to the great duty of observing the ordinance itself.

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  • Camilla was still carrying on a vast arrangement which she called the preparation of her trousseau, but which both Mrs French and Bella regarded as a spoliation of the domestic nest, for the proud purposes of one of the younger birds.

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  • And, before Christ by his graces and comforts comes to any for salvation, preparation is made for him by repentance, which is called the preparation of the gospel of peace, Eph. vi.

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  • The North, which denies staging the attack that killed 46 sailors, had warned of "strong physical retaliation" against the navy drill which it described as a preparation for invasion.

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  • This kind of preparation is common in Anglo-European and American culture, but less so in South East Asia and Africa.

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  • I understand that much work had been done to improve the accessibility of the village in preparation for the Paralympics.

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