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Noun: preparation  ,pre-pu'rey-shun
  1. The activity of getting ready for some future act or event
    "preparations for the ceremony had begun";
    - readying
  2. A substance prepared according to a formula
    "the physician prescribed a commercial preparation of the medicine";
    - formulation
  3. The cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening
    "his preparation for retirement was hindered by several uncertainties";
    - planning, provision
  4. (military) the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action)
    "their preparation was more than adequate";
    - readiness, preparedness
  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"
  6. Activity leading to skilled behaviour
    - training, grooming
  7. Preparatory school work done outside school (especially at home)
    - homework, prep [informal]
  8. The act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat
    "he left the preparation of meals to his wife";
    - cooking, cookery

Derived forms: preparations

See also: ready, unready

Type of: activity, cerebration, change of state, chemical compound, compound, harmony, intellection, mentation, musical harmony, school assignment, schoolwork, state, thinking, thought, thought process

Antonym: resolution

Part of: didactics, education, educational activity, instruction, pedagogy, teaching

Encyclopedia: Preparation