(Latin: to make ready, to get ready, to put in order; to furnish, to prepare)
2. To avoid, to elude, or to circumvent a question or issue: The politician parried many of the reporters inquiries about his decisions to fire members of his staff.
3. Etymology: from Latin parare, "to make ready, to prepare".
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2. The activity of getting something ready by using heat: Preparation for dinner took quite a while because the casserole had to bake in the oven for about 45 minutes until it was ready to eat.
3. A substance made by following a formula: The face cream was a preparation or mixture especially made for sensitive skins.
4. In music, a note that creates a dissonant chord is first perceived in a consonant chord: Joan learned in her music class that a preparation involved the introduction of dissonance by presenting the dissonant tone as a consonant one in the prior chord.
Before going shopping, Bruce prepared a shopping list of all the things they needed for the week.
2. To make someone receptive or able to deal with some information: The policewoman asked Jill to sit down to prepare her for the bad news regarding her husband.
3. To get a meal ready for cooking or eating: In the late afternoon Lynn started to prepare dinner for her family.
4. To put into an oral or written form: Mr. Simmons prepared his speech to the administrative team of the company.
5. To make oneself ready for something: Ivy prepared herself for the spontaneous ride in the wagon to the next farm.
2. The process of putting something in working order again.
3. To restore to a sound condition after being damaged or injured; to fix.
4. Etymology: from the late 14th century, "to mend, to put back in order"; from Old French reparer, which came from Latin reparare "to restore, to put back in order"; from re-, "again" + parare, "to make ready, to prepare".
There is no reparation George can make for breaking the priceless statue that he accidently bumped into at the museum.2. The renewal of friendship or reconciliation: Mary's apology was the first step in the reparation of her relations with her sister.
3. The compensation for war damages that is produced by a defeated country: Reparations had to be paid because of the damage, injuries, deaths, etc. that were caused by the country that lost the war.
2. Unconnected; distinct; unique: "There were two separate questions."
3. Being or standing apart; distant or dispersed: "She owned two separate houses."