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preparation (n.)

late 14c., "act of preparing," 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" is from 1640s.

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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
From wordnet.princeton.edu