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Noun preparation has 8 senses
  1. preparation, readying - the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purpose; "preparations for the ceremony had begun"
    --1 is a kind of activity
    --1 has particulars:
     fire control; deployment; groundwork; makeready; priming; planning; turnaround, turnround; warm-up, tune-up, prolusion
    Derived form: verb prepare1
  2. formulation, preparation - a substance prepared according to a formula
    --2 is a kind of compound, chemical compound
    --2 has particulars:
     cleansing agent, cleanser, cleaner; glycerinated gelatin; nebula; polish; smelling salts
  3. planning, preparation, provision - the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening; "his planning for retirement was hindered by several uncertainties"
    --3 is a kind of thinking, thought, cerebration, intellection, mentation
    --3 has particulars:
     agreement, arrangement; applecart; mens rea, malice aforethought; calculation, deliberation; premeditation, forethought
  4. readiness, preparedness, preparation - the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action); "putting them in readiness"; "their preparation was more than adequate"
    --4 is a kind of state
    --4 has particulars: ready; alert, qui vive
    Derived form: verb prepare1
  5. preparation - (music) a note that produces a dissonant chord is first heard in a consonant chord; "the resolution of one dissonance is often the preparation for another disonance"
    --5 is a kind of
    harmony, musical harmony
    Antonyms: resolution
    Derived form: verb prepare7
  6. training, preparation, grooming - activity leading to skilled behavior
    --6 is a kind of activity
    --6 has particulars:
     athletic training; discipline; drill; exercise, practice, drill, practice session, recitation; military training; retraining; schooling; skull session, skull practice
    Derived forms: verb prepare5, verb prepare6
  7. homework, prep, preparation - preparatory school work done outside school (especially at home)
    --7 is a kind of school assignment, schoolwork
    --7 is a part of
     education, instruction, teaching, pedagogy, educational activity
    Derived form: verb prepare8
  8. cooking, cookery, preparation - the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat; "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"
    --8 is a kind of change of state
    --8 has parts: tenderization, tenderisation; seasoning
    --8 has particulars:
     baking; toasting, browning; broil, broiling, grilling; frying, sauteing; fusion cooking; braising; poaching; roasting; boiling, stewing, simmering; percolation; cuisine, culinary art
    Derived form: verb prepare2
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