1. [ noun ] the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purpose
Synonyms: readying

"preparations for the ceremony had begun"

Related terms: activity planning makeready priming warm-up groundwork fire_control turnaround deployment prepare
2. [ noun ] (chemistry) a substance prepared according to a formula
Synonyms: formulation
Related terms: compound cleansing_agent polish smelling_salts glycerinated_gelatin nebula formulate
3. [ noun ] (psychology) the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening
Synonyms: planning provision

"his planning for retirement was hindered by several uncertainties"

Related terms: thinking agreement calculation premeditation applecart malice_aforethought plan
4. [ noun ] the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action)
Synonyms: readiness preparedness

"putting them in readiness" "their preparation was more than adequate"

Related terms: state ready alert military ready unready
5. [ noun ] activity leading to skilled behavior
Synonyms: training grooming
Related terms: activity exercise retraining discipline drill military_training athletic_training schooling skull_session train prepare coach
6. [ noun ] (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 dissonance"

Related terms: harmony music
7. [ noun ] (food) the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat
Synonyms: cooking cookery

"cooking can be a great art" "people are needed who have experience in cookery" "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"

Related terms: change_of_state cookery braising frying baking poaching roasting broil percolation fusion_cooking boiling baking toasting tenderization seasoning fire cook bake toast simmer boil roast marinade broil barbecue can baste put_on concoct beat churn frost fry spice frizzle hibachi brown salt saute grill pepper try splat char dun microwave souse stuff egg dredge puree crumb overboil blanch shirr alcoholise dress whisk stew rice jug fricassee devil spatchcock pan_roast clarify braise corn reduce fillet spike brine caramelize flour butterfly truss bread mask season sauce boil_down cream ginger griddle deep-fat-fry fortify curry french-fry pan-fry squid precook whip_up stir_fry lard conserve steam pickle alcoholize ovenbake savor salt caramelize pressure-cook pan-broil challah Jewish_rye_bread bruise curry coddle Chinese_brown_sauce cook cook cook
8. [ noun ] (education) preparatory school work done outside school (especially at home)
Synonyms: prep homework
Related terms: school_assignment education
Similar spelling:   proportion