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noun preparation pronunciation in British English /ˌprepəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/
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  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 for: The experience was good preparation for a career in journalism.
    preparation of: All notes used in the preparation of the main report should be retained for reference.
    in preparation for something: The flowers were ordered in preparation for the wedding.
    be in preparation: Other volumes on animal behaviour are in preparation.
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    [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 final preparations for next week’s festival.
    preparations (for something) are under way: Preparations are well under way for a week of special events in May.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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