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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (8)

1. the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purpose;
- Example: "preparations for the ceremony had begun"
[syn: preparation, readying]

2. a substance prepared according to a formula;
- Example: "the physician prescribed a commercial preparation of the medicine"
[syn: formulation, preparation]

3. the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening;
- Example: "his planning for retirement was hindered by several uncertainties"
[syn: planning, preparation, provision]

4. the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action);
- Example: "putting them in readiness"
- Example: "their preparation was more than adequate"
[syn: readiness, preparedness, preparation]

5. (music) a note that produces a dissonant chord is first heard in a consonant chord;
- Example: "the resolution of one dissonance is often the preparation for another dissonance"

6. activity leading to skilled behavior;
[syn: training, preparation, grooming]

7. preparatory school work done outside school (especially at home);
[syn: homework, prep, preparation]

8. the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat;
- Example: "cooking can be a great art"
- Example: "people are needed who have experience in cookery"
- Example: "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"
[syn: cooking, cookery, preparation]

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3 definitions retrieved:

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Preparation \Prep`a*ra"tion\, n. [F. pr['e]paration, L. praeparatio. See Prepare.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of preparing or fitting beforehand for a particular purpose, use, service, or condition; previous arrangement or adaptation; a making ready; as, the preparation of land for a crop of wheat; the preparation of troops for a campaign. [1913 Webster] 2. The state of being prepared or made ready; preparedness; readiness; fitness; as, a nation in good preparation for war. [1913 Webster] 3. That which makes ready, prepares the way, or introduces; a preparatory act or measure. [1913 Webster] I will show what preparations there were in nature for this dissolution. --T. Burnet. [1913 Webster] 4. That which is prepared, made, or compounded by a certain process or for a particular purpose; a combination. Specifically: (a) Any medicinal substance fitted for use. (b) Anything treated for preservation or examination as a specimen. (c) Something prepared for use in cookery. [1913 Webster] I wish the chemists had been more sparing who magnify their preparations. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] In the preparations of cookery, the most volatile parts of vegetables are destroyed. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster] 5. An army or fleet. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] 6. (Mus.) The holding over of a note from one chord into the next chord, where it forms a temporary discord, until resolved in the chord that follows; the anticipation of a discordant note in the preceding concord, so that the ear is prepared for the shock. See Suspension. [1913 Webster] 7. Accomplishment; qualification. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

preparation n 1: the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purpose; "preparations for the ceremony had begun" [syn: preparation, readying] 2: a substance prepared according to a formula; "the physician prescribed a commercial preparation of the medicine" [syn: formulation, preparation] 3: 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" [syn: planning, preparation, provision] 4: 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" [syn: readiness, preparedness, preparation] 5: (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" [ant: resolution] 6: activity leading to skilled behavior [syn: training, preparation, grooming] 7: preparatory school work done outside school (especially at home) [syn: homework, prep, preparation] 8: 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" [syn: cooking, cookery, preparation]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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