[n] the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purpose; "preparations for the ceremony had begun"
[n] 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"
[n] preparatory school work done outside school (especially at home)
[n] activity leading to skilled behavior
[n] 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"
[n] (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"
[n] 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"
[n] a substance prepared according to a formula
cookery, cooking, formulation, grooming, homework, planning, prep, preparedness, provision, readiness, readying, training