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preparation noun

1 getting sth ready

ADJ. careful, thorough | elaborate | adequate | initial It is the initial preparation that takes the time.

VERB + PREPARATION need, require a dish that requires no elaborate preparation or cooking | do He's done a lot of preparation for this meeting.

PREPARATION + NOUN time This simple dish takes very little preparation time.

PREP. in ~ for Get a good night's sleep in preparation for the journey.

2 preparations: things done to get sth ready

ADJ. elaborate, meticulous, special | secret | necessary | final, last-minute | Christmas, wedding, etc. | military military preparations for full-scale action

VERB + PREPARATION make making the final preparations for the party | begin, go ahead with | be busy with | complete, finalize

PREPARATION + VERB be in hand, be under way Preparations are now in hand to close half the factories. | be complete

PREP. ~ for The family can now go ahead with preparations for the funeral.