Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “preparation”

See all translations

preparation

noun uk   /ˌprep.ərˈeɪ.ʃən/ us    /-əˈreɪ-/

preparation noun (GETTING READY)

B1 [U] the things that you do or the time that you spend preparing for something: The teacher didn't seem to have done much preparation for the class. The team blamed injuries and lack of preparation for their failure to win. Yasmin assisted in the preparation of this article.preparations B2 [plural]
More examples
plans or arrangements that you make to prepare for something: [+ to infinitive] We are making preparations to fly Mr Goodall to the nearest hospital. Preparations for the opening ceremony are well under way.
More examples

preparation noun (MIXTURE)

[C] a mixture of substances, often for use as a medicine: a preparation for nappy rash
Translations of “preparation”
in Korean 준비…
in Arabic تَحْضير…
in Portuguese preparativos…
in Catalan preparació…
in Japanese 準備, 用意…
in Italian preparazione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 預備, 準備工作, 準備,預備…
in Russian подготовка…
in Turkish hazırlama, hazırlanma, hazırlık…
in Chinese (Simplified) 预备, 准备工作, 准备,预备…
in Polish przygotowanie…
(Definition of preparation from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of preparation?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “preparation” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

exercise

physical activity that you do to make your body strong and healthy

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

bio-inspiration noun

April 13, 2015
the adoption of patterns and structures found in nature for the purposes of engineering, manufacturing, science, etc. The MIT researchers actually aren’t the only robotics team to turn to cheetahs for bio-inspiration.

Read More