- a proceeding, measure, or provision by which one prepares for something: preparations for a journey.
- any proceeding, experience, or the like considered as a mode of preparing for the future.
- an act of preparing.
- the state of being prepared.
- something prepared, manufactured, or compounded: a special preparation for sunbathers.
- a specimen, as an animal body, prepared for scientific examination, dissection, etc.
- the preparing of a dissonance, by introducing the dissonant tone as a consonant tone in the preceding chord.
- the tone so introduced.
- New Testament. the day before the Sabbath or a feast day.
- British. work done by students in preparation for class; homework.
- the Preparation, the introductory prayers of the Mass or other divine service.
Origin of preparation
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- the act or process of preparing
- the state of being prepared; readiness
- (often plural) a measure done in order to prepare for something; provisionto make preparations for something
- something that is prepared, esp a medicinal formulation
- (esp in a boarding school)
- the period reserved for thisUsually shortened to: prep
- the anticipation of a dissonance so that the note producing it in one chord is first heard in the preceding chord as a consonance
- a note so employed
- (often capital) the preliminary prayers at Mass or divine service
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Word Origin and History for prepreparation
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A substance, such as a medicine, prepared for a particular purpose.
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