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Preparation, 1) the act of making fit, of putting in readiness: “you make grand p. for a duke de Jamany,” Wiv. IV, 5, 88. “and have all charitable p.” Meas. III, 2, 222. Ado I, 1, 280. II, 2, 50. Merch. II, 4, 4. All's III, 6, 82. H5 IV, 1, 192. Mcb. I, 5, 34. Ant. V, 2, 225. Particularly the act of putting one's self in readiness for combat: Tw. III, 4, 245. John II, 213. IV, 2, 111. H5 II Chor. H5 II Chor. II, 4, 18. IV Chor. II, 4, 18 H6A I, 1, 166. Cor. IV, 3, 18. Mcb. V, 3, 57. Hml. I, 1, 105 (--s). II, 2, 63. Lr. III, 7, 10. Ant. III, 4, 26 “(I'll raise the p. of a war).” IV, 10, 1 (their p. is today by sea).
2) the state of looking forward to sth., notice given: “I make bold to press with so little p. upon you,” Wiv. II, 2, 162 (so unexpectedly and with so little ceremony).
3) a force ready for combat, an army or navy: “the king is set forth with strong and mighty p.” H4A IV, 1, 93. “these three lead on this p.” Cor. I, 2, 15. “our p. stands in expectation of them,” Lr. IV, 4, 22. “the Turkish p. makes for Rhodes,” Oth. I, 3, 14. Oth. I, 3, 14 “your p. can affront no less,” Cymb. IV, 3, 29.
4) accomplishment, qualification: “your many warlike, court-like, and learned --s,” Wiv. II, 2, 237.
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