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[prep-uh-rey-shuh n] /ˌprɛp əˈreɪ ʃən/
a proceeding, measure, or provision by which one prepares for something:
preparations for a journey.
any proceeding, experience, or the like considered as a mode of preparing for the future.
an act of preparing.
the state of being prepared.
something prepared, manufactured, or compounded:
a special preparation for sunbathers.
a specimen, as an animal body, prepared for scientific examination, dissection, etc.
  1. the preparing of a dissonance, by introducing the dissonant tone as a consonant tone in the preceding chord.
  2. the tone so introduced.
New Testament. the day before the Sabbath or a feast day.
British. work done by students in preparation for class; homework.
the Preparation, the introductory prayers of the Mass or other divine service.
1350-1400; Middle English preparacion < Latin praeparātiōn- (stem of praeparātiō), a preparing, equivalent to praeparāt(us) (past participle of praeparāre to prepare) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonpreparation, noun
prepreparation, noun
self-preparation, noun
superpreparation, noun Unabridged
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Examples for preparations
  • Over the years, plans and preparations have been streamlined to accommodate tight schedules.
  • preparations on the day of the event were almost as exhausting as growing and making the food all summer.
  • Try these alternate preparations that have nothing to do with pickling or borscht.
  • It also persists because of war, or preparations for it.
  • In my preparations for the job-seeking process, it never occurred to me that it might result in job-obtaining.
  • The teaching load is four courses per semester, with two or three course preparations each term.
  • We are told many different things during our preparations for job searches.
  • The success of the performances seems, however, to have been scarcely on a level with the magnitude of the preparations.
  • But all these plans and preparations, these treaties and covenants, will not of themselves be adequate.
  • The preparations are identical with those in a private house, the decorations and menu may be lavish or simple.
British Dictionary definitions for preparations


the act or process of preparing
the state of being prepared; readiness
(often pl) a measure done in order to prepare for something; provision to make preparations for something
something that is prepared, esp a medicinal formulation
(esp in a boarding school)
  1. homework
  2. the period reserved for this Usually shortened to prep
  1. the anticipation of a dissonance so that the note producing it in one chord is first heard in the preceding chord as a consonance
  2. a note so employed
(often capital) the preliminary prayers at Mass or divine service
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Word Origin and History for preparations
1390, "act of preparing," from L. præparationem (nom. præparatio) "a making ready," from præparatus, pp. of præparare "prepare," from præ- "before" + parare "make ready" (see pare). Meaning "a substance especially prepared" is from 1646. Verb prepare is attested from 1466, from M.Fr. preparer, from L. præparare; slang shortening prep is from 1927. Preparatory is first recorded 1413, from L.L. præparatorius, from L. præparatus. Applied from 1822 to junior schools in which pupils are "prepared" for a higher school.
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preparations in Medicine

preparation prep·a·ra·tion (prěp'ə-rā'shən)
A substance, such as a medicine, prepared for a particular purpose.

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