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noun preparation pronunciation in American English /ˌprepəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/
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pluralpreparations
  1. 1
    [uncountable] the process of making someone or something ready for something
    Despite a lot of preparation, we didn’t win the contest.
    preparation of: All notes used in the preparation of the main report should be retained for future reference.
    preparation for: The experience was good preparation for a career in journalism.
    in preparation for something: The flowers were ordered in preparation for the wedding.
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    preparations

    [plural] things that you do so that you are ready for something
    NATO continued its military preparations.
    preparation for: The managers were busy with preparations for the conference.
    make preparations (for something): Organizers are making the final preparations for next week’s Christmas parade.
    preparations (for something) are under way: Preparations are well under way for a week of special events in May.
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