1. The activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purpose (synset 101145325)
    "preparations for the ceremony had begun"
  2. A substance prepared according to a formula (synset 114897792)
    "the physician prescribed a commercial preparation of the medicine"
  3. The cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening (synset 105802702)
    "his planning for retirement was hindered by several uncertainties"
  4. The state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action) (synset 114054590)
    "putting them in readiness"; "their preparation was more than adequate"
  5. (music) a note that produces a dissonant chord is first heard in a consonant chord (synset 107041429)
    "the resolution of one dissonance is often the preparation for another dissonance"
  6. Activity leading to skilled behavior (synset 100895653)
  7. Preparatory school work done outside school (especially at home) (synset 100730406)
  8. The act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat (synset 100244785)
    "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"

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