1. The act or process of preparing: the preparation of dinner for six people.
2. The state of having been made ready beforehand; readiness.
3. often preparations An action done to prepare for something, especially for an event or undertaking: preparations for the opening of the new school.
4. A substance, such as a medicine, prepared for a particular purpose.
a. The anticipation of a dissonant tone by means of its introduction as a consonant tone in the preceding chord.
b. The dissonant tone so anticipated.
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