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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]
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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.
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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…
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