• (noun): The act or process of preparing.
  • (noun): The state of having been made ready beforehand; readiness.
  • (noun): A preliminary measure that serves to make ready for something. Often used in the plural: preparations for the wedding.
  • (noun): A substance, such as a medicine, prepared for a particular purpose.
  • (noun): Music The anticipation of a dissonant tone by means of its introduction as a consonant tone in the preceding chord.
  • (noun): Music The dissonant tone so anticipated.

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  • (noun): the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat; "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"
  • (noun): preparatory school work done outside school (especially at home)
  • (noun): activity leading to skilled behavior
  • (noun): (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"
  • (noun): the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action); "putting them in readiness"; "their preparation was more than adequate"
  • (noun): the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening; "his planning for retirement was hindered by several uncertainties"
  • (noun): a substance prepared according to a formula; "the physician prescribed a commercial preparation of the medicine"
  • (noun): the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purpose; "preparations for the ceremony had begun"

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Preparation may refer to:
Prepared food
Prepared supplement
Prepared drug
Prepared dosage form
Preparation (dental), the method by which a tooth is prepared when removing decay and designing a form that will provide adequate retention for a dental restoration
Preparation (music), treatment of dissonance in tonal music
Preparation (principle) - a management principle whereby people get ready for a final product or for a successful experience.
Preparation, Iowa, a ghost town
Special modifications to instruments, see
Prepared piano
Prepared guitar

Preparation time, time to prepare speeches in policy debate
Preparation (physics), putting a physical system in a defined state, often used in quantum theoretic context
Preparations (album)
Prepare can refer to:
Prepare (SQL), statement in SQL

Example Sentences

  • A potentially explosive case, two years in preparation, is now before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.

  • He has several more titles in preparation, is eyeing the international market.

  • To determine just how unbalanced teacher preparation is at ed schools, we counted the number of course titles and descriptions that contained the words “multiculturalism,” “diversity,” “inclusion,” and variants thereof, and then compared those with the number that used variants of the word “math.”

  • The ingredients are easy to find and the preparation is a breeze.

  • Camilla was still carrying on a vast arrangement which she called the preparation of her trousseau, but which both Mrs French and Bella regarded as a spoliation of the domestic nest, for the proud purposes of one of the younger birds.

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