- 1The action or process of making ready or being made ready for use or consideration: the preparation of a draft contract the project is in preparationMore example sentences
- We had meetings with all political parties before the general election and will continue this process in preparation for the next general election.
- A tangled mess of instruments often takes an inordinate amount of time to sort out in preparation for processing.
- One or two subject-matter experts, within the company, would continue the leader training process in preparation for upcoming cycles.
- 1.1 (usually preparations) Something done to get ready for an event or undertaking: she continued her preparations for the partyMore example sentences
- At the moment, the site is tracking preparations for the event and reflecting opinion from across the political spectrum.
- The event is now one of the premier golfing tournaments in the country and as usual the County Sligo Golf Club is making final preparations for the event.
- Critics at the discussion pointed to the preparations for the annual event, which they said lacked concept and were often poorly executed.
- 1.2A substance that is specially made up and usually sold, especially a medicine or food.More example sentences
- Food preparations based on fruits and vegetables are completely exempt from excise duty.
- It is also time to delve into the efficacy of traditional foods and medicinal preparations for which India is known.
- Chicken stew, beef curry and vegetarian preparations are served while hot.
- 1.3A specimen that has been prepared for scientific or medical examination: a microscope preparationMore example sentences
- On examination under light and scanning electron microscopes the wall preparations were essentially free of cytoplasmic contamination.
- Microscope preparations and photographs are stored at the Jodrell Laboratory, RBG, Kew.
- Most studies in literature have been conducted on lipid films formed and manipulated before introducing the preparation into the microscope.
late Middle English: via Old French from Latin praeparatio(n-), from praeparare 'make ready before' (see prepare).