Definition of preparation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    preparation

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    noun
    BrE BrE//ˌprepəˈreɪʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌprepəˈreɪʃn//
     
     
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  1. 1  [uncountable] preparation (for something) the act or process of getting ready for something or making something ready Preparation for the party started early. food preparation Careful preparation for the 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
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: via Old French from Latin praeparatio(n-), from praeparare ‘make ready before’, from prae ‘before’ + parare ‘make ready’.Extra examples An awful lot of advance preparation must have gone into this summit. As with any business, proper preparation is required. Get a good night’s sleep in preparation for the drive. He found it good preparation for the diplomatic skills needed in his new job. He had received inadequate preparation for a professional career. He’s done a lot of preparation for this meeting. It is the initial preparation that takes the time. Many Taiwanese children take preparation courses for the SATs. Preparations are now in hand to close half the factories. Prior preparation is vital for achieving success. She flew in from Paris to oversee final preparations. Teacher preparation programs train teachers to become effective instructors of children. The family can now go ahead with preparations for the funeral. The preparation program was well designed. They receive a fine preparation for college. This simple dish takes very little preparation time. War preparations intensified. We’re making the final preparations for the party. a college-based teacher preparation program a dish that requires no elaborate preparation or cooking extensive preparations for war food preparation and food handling tips her mental preparation for the games individuals who do not have the money or academic preparation to attend college military preparations for full-scale action the agency that oversees the preparation of the budget two years of intense preparation Decide how much preparation time you will need. How are your wedding preparations coming along? The country was making preparations for war. The gallery is making preparations to celebrate the artist’s centenary. The third book in the series is currently in preparation. This dish doesn’t require much preparation. You will get some basic instructions on food preparation. You will need to do some preparation at home.
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