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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.

  2. 2

    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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