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Pronunciation:  `prepu'reyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purpose; "preparations for the ceremony had begun"
  2. [n]  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"
  3. [n]  preparatory school work done outside school (especially at home)
  4. [n]  activity leading to skilled behavior
  5. [n]  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"
  6. [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 disonance"
  7. [n]  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"
  8. [n]  a substance prepared according to a formula

PREPARATION is a 11 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: cookery, cooking, formulation, grooming, homework, planning, prep, preparedness, provision, readiness, readying, training
 Antonyms: resolution
 See Also: activity, agreement, alert, applecart, arrangement, baking, boiling, braising, broil, broiling, browning, calculation, cerebration, change of state, chemical compound, cleaner, cleanser, cleansing agent, compound, cuisine, culinary art, deliberation, deployment, discipline, drill, education, educational activity, exercise, fire control, forethought, frying, glycerinated gelatin, grilling, harmony, instruction, intellection, makeready, malice aforethought, mens rea, mentation, military training, musical harmony, nebula, pedagogy, percolation, planning, poaching, polish, practice, practice session, premeditation, priming, prolusion, qui vive, ready, recitation, retraining, roasting, sauteing, school assignment, schooling, seasoning, simmering, skull practice, skull session, smelling salts, state, stewing, teaching, tenderisation, tenderization, thinking, thought, toasting, tune-up, turnaround, turnround, warm-up



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Prep`a*ra"tion\, n. [F. pr['e]paration, L.
praeparatio. See {Prepare}.]
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.

2. The state of being prepared or made ready; preparedness;
   readiness; fitness; as, a nation in good preparation for

3. That which makes ready, prepares the way, or introduces; a
   preparatory act or measure.

         I will show what preparations there were in nature
         for this dissolution.                 --T. Burnet.

4. That which is prepared, made, or compounded by a certain
   process or for a particular purpose; a combination.
   (a) Any medicinal substance fitted for use.
   (b) Anything treated for preservation or examination as a
   (c) Something prepared for use in cookery.

             I wish the chemists had been more sparing who
             magnify their preparations.       --Sir T.

             In the preparations of cookery, the most
             volatile parts of vegetables are destroyed.

5. An army or fleet. [Obs.] --Shak.

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}.

7. Accomplishment; qualification. [Obs.] --Shak.