Meaning of PREPARATION in English

PREPARATION

n.

Pronunciation: ˌ pre-p ə - ' r ā -sh ə n

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English preparacion, from Middle French preparation, from Latin praeparation-, praeparatio, from praeparare to prepare

Date: 14th century

1 : the action or process of making something ready for use or service or of getting ready for some occasion, test, or duty

2 : a state of being prepared : READINESS

3 : a preparatory act or measure

4 : something that is prepared specifically : a medicinal substance made ready for use <a preparation for colds>

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.