preparation

[ prep-uh-rey-shuh n ]
/ ˌprɛp əˈreɪ ʃən /

noun


Nearby words

  1. prepack,
  2. prepackage,
  3. prepackaged,
  4. prepacked,
  5. prepaid,
  6. preparative,
  7. preparatively,
  8. preparator,
  9. preparatory,
  10. preparatory school

Origin of preparation

1350–1400; Middle English preparacion < Latin praeparātiōn- (stem of praeparātiō), a preparing, equivalent to praeparāt(us) (past participle of praeparāre to prepare) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsnon·prep·a·ra·tion, nounpre·prep·a·ra·tion, nounself-prep·a·ra·tion, nounsu·per·prep·a·ra·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for preparation

preparation

/ (ˌprɛpəˈreɪʃən) /

noun

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Word Origin and History for preparation

preparation

n.

late 14c., "act of preparing," from Latin praeparationem (nominative praeparatio) "a making ready," noun of action from past participle stem of praeparare "prepare," from prae "before" (see pre-) + parare "make ready" (see pare). Meaning "a substance especially prepared" is from 1640s.

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Medicine definitions for preparation

preparation

[ prĕp′ə-rāshən ]

n.

A substance, such as a medicine, prepared for a particular purpose.

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