Definition of preparation in English:


Line breaks: prep¦ar|ation
Pronunciation: /ˌprɛpəˈreɪʃ(ə)n


  • 2A substance that is specially made up, especially a medicine or food: there are several effective preparations you can buy over the counter
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    • 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.
    mixture, compound, concoction, composition, blend, amalgam, solution, suspension, emulsion, tincture, medicine, potion, cream, ointment, lotion
  • 2.1A specimen that has been prepared for scientific or medical examination: a microscope preparation
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    • 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.
  • 3 Music (In conventional harmony) the sounding of the discordant note in a chord in the preceding chord where it is not discordant, lessening the effect of the discord.


late Middle English: via Old French from Latin praeparatio(n-), from praeparare 'make ready before' (see prepare).

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