Etymology
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preparation (n.)

late 14c., preparacioun, "act of preparing or making ready, preliminary act or operation, a previous setting in order," from Old French preparacion (13c.) and directly from Latin praeparationem (nominative praeparatio) "a making ready," noun of action from past participle stem of praeparare "prepare," from prae "before" (see pre-) + parare "make ready" (from PIE root *pere- (1) "to produce, procure"). Meaning "a substance especially prepared or manufactured" is from 1640s.

updated on October 19, 2020

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Definitions of preparation from WordNet

preparation (n.)
the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purpose;
preparations for the ceremony had begun
Synonyms: readying
preparation (n.)
a substance prepared according to a formula;
the physician prescribed a commercial preparation of the medicine
Synonyms: formulation
preparation (n.)
the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening;
Synonyms: planning / provision
preparation (n.)
the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action);
their preparation was more than adequate
Synonyms: readiness / preparedness
preparation (n.)
(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
preparation (n.)
activity leading to skilled behavior;
Synonyms: training / grooming
preparation (n.)
the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat;
he left the preparation of meals to his wife
Synonyms: cooking / cookery
preparation (n.)
preparatory school work done outside school (especially at home);
Synonyms: homework / prep
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