preparation-n; 7 Senses

Sense Number 1: readying

Commentary: the activity of putting or setting in order some act or purpose

Preparations for the ceremony had begun.
She made preparations for her first day at the new job.
Her preparations consisted of packing a lunch and ironing her shirt.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 1 6

Sense Number 2: a substance

Commentary: formulation - a substance prepared according to a formula

He poured the preparation into the test tube.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: thinking

Commentary: planning, provision - the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening

His preparation for retirement was hindered by several uncertainties.
Sally's fire preparation consisted of going over all the exit routes.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: preparedness

Commentary: readiness - the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action)

Putting them in preparation ...
Their preparation was more than adequate.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 5: precursor

Commentary: 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.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 6

Sense Number 6: homework

Commentary: prep - preparatory schoolwork done outside school (especially at home)

George did his preparations for math class at the kitchen table.
Fido did his preparations for obedience school in the backyard.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 7

Sense Number 7: cooking

Commentary: cookery - the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat

Food preparation can be a great art.
People are needed who have experience in preparation.
He left he preparation of meals to his wife.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 8