follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

preparation

[prep-uh-rey-shuh n] /ˌprɛp əˈreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
a proceeding, measure, or provision by which one prepares for something:
preparations for a journey.
2.
any proceeding, experience, or the like considered as a mode of preparing for the future.
3.
an act of preparing.
4.
the state of being prepared.
5.
something prepared, manufactured, or compounded:
a special preparation for sunbathers.
6.
a specimen, as an animal body, prepared for scientific examination, dissection, etc.
7.
Music.
  1. the preparing of a dissonance, by introducing the dissonant tone as a consonant tone in the preceding chord.
  2. the tone so introduced.
8.
New Testament. the day before the Sabbath or a feast day.
9.
British. work done by students in preparation for class; homework.
10.
the Preparation, the introductory prayers of the Mass or other divine service.
Origin
1350-1400
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
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for selfpreparation

preparation

/ˌprɛpəˈreɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of preparing
2.
the state of being prepared; readiness
3.
(often pl) a measure done in order to prepare for something; provision: to make preparations for something
4.
something that is prepared, esp a medicinal formulation
5.
(esp in a boarding school)
  1. homework
  2. the period reserved for this Usually shortened to prep
6.
(music)
  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
7.
(often capital) the preliminary prayers at Mass or divine service
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for selfpreparation

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" (see pare). Meaning "a substance especially prepared" is from 1640s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
selfpreparation in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for preparation

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for selfpreparation

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends