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Definition of preparation noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] preparation (for something) the act or process of getting ready for something or making something ready These skills are good preparation for a career in teaching. food preparation Careful preparation for the final exam is essential. The third book in the series is currently in preparation. The team has been training hard in preparation for the big game. No athlete would dream of entering a big race without adequate preparation.
  2. 2[countable, usually plural] things that you do to get ready for something or make something ready preparation (for something) The country is making preparations for war. Was going to college a good preparation for your career? preparation (to do something) We made preparations to move to new offices. wedding preparations
  3. 3[countable] a substance that has been specially prepared for use as a medicine, cosmetic, etc. a pharmaceutical preparation preparations for the hair and skin
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