1 Often, preparations.
(a) groundwork, spadework, provision(s), foundation, preparing, measures, proceedings:
Nothing will interfere with our preparation for the royal visit.
(b) plans, arrangements:
We are making preparations to leave tomorrow.
2 fitness, readiness, readying, preparing, training, education, teaching, instruction, instructing, tuition, briefing, grooming, Colloq gearing up, prep, US prepping:
The preparation of the students was your responsibility.
3 drawing up, draughting, planning, setting up, putting together, organizing, organization, composing, making:
How is your preparation of the new proposal coming along?
4 work, preparing, getting ready, study, studying, practising, practice, Colloq cramming, Brit swotting:
All my preparation for the exam was to no avail.
5 substance, compound, concoction, mixture, product, material, stuff, composition:
This preparation is a furniture wax, not a suntan lotion.
1 getting sth ready
careful, thorough | elaborate | adequate | initial
It is the initial preparation that takes the time.
VERB + PREPARATION
a dish that requires no elaborate preparation or cooking
He's done a lot of preparation for this meeting.
PREPARATION + NOUN
This simple dish takes very little preparation time.
in ~ for
Get a good night's sleep in preparation for the journey.
2 preparations: things done to get sth ready
elaborate, meticulous, special | secret | necessary | final, last-minute | Christmas, wedding, etc. | military
military preparations for full-scale action
VERB + PREPARATION
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
The family can now go ahead with preparations for the funeral.
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