Middle English preparacion, from Middle French preparation, from Latin praeparation-, praeparatio, from praeparare to prepare
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- 1 : the action or process of making something ready for use or service or of getting ready for some occasion, test, or duty
- 2 : a state of being prepared : readiness
- 3 : a preparatory act or measure
- 4 : something that is prepared; specifically : a medicinal substance made ready for use <a preparation for colds>