1 getting sth ready
ADJ. careful, thorough | elaborate | adequate | initial It is the initial preparation that takes the time.
VERB + PREPARATION need, require a dish that requires no elaborate preparation or cooking | do He's done a lot of preparation for this meeting.
PREPARATION + NOUN time This simple dish takes very little preparation time.
PREP. in ~ for Get a good night's sleep in preparation for the journey.
2 preparations: things done to get sth ready
ADJ. elaborate, meticulous, special | secret | necessary | final, last-minute | Christmas, wedding, etc. | military military preparations for full-scale action
VERB + PREPARATION make making the final preparations for the party | begin, go ahead with | be busy with | complete, finalize
PREPARATION + VERB be in hand, be under way Preparations are now in hand to close half the factories. | be complete
PREP. ~ for The family can now go ahead with preparations for the funeral.