Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class V. Words Releasing to the Voluntary Powers
Division (I) Individual Volition
Section II. Prospective Volition
3. Precursory Measures

673. Preparation.

   NOUN:PREPARATION; providing &c. v.; provision, providence; anticipation (foresight) [See Foresight]; precaution, preconcertedness, preconcertion, predisposition; forecast (plan) [See Plan]; rehearsal, note of preparation; dissemination, propaganda.
  groundwork, first stone, cradle, stepping-stone; foundation, first rung, scaffold (support) [See Support]; scaffolding, échafaudage [F.].
  ELABORATION; ripening &c. v.; maturation, evolution; perfection; concoction, digestion; gestation, hatching, incubation, sitting.
  [PUTTING IN ORDER] arrangement [See Arrangement]; clearance; adjustment [See Agreement]; tuning; equipment, outfit, accouterment or accoutrement, armament, array.
  [PREPARATION OF MEN] training (education) [See Teaching]; inurement (habit) [See Habit]; novitiate.
  [PREPARATION OF FOOD] cooking, cookery, culinary art; brewing.
  [PREPARATION OF THE SOIL] tilling, plowing or ploughing, sowing, semination, cultivation.
  [STATE OF BEING PREPARED] preparedness, readiness, ripeness, mellowness; maturity; un impromptu fait à loisir [F.].
  [PREPARER] preparer, trainer, coach; teacher [See Teacher]; pioneer; avant-courrier [F.], avant-coureur [F.]; voortrekker [Dutch]; prophet; forerunner (precursor) [See Precursor]; sappers and miners, pavior, navvy; packer, stevedore, longshore-man; warming pan.
   VERB:PREPARE; get -, make- ready; predispose, address oneself to, get under weigh; make preparations, settle preliminaries, get up, sound the note of preparation.
  set or put in order (arrange) [See Arrangement]; forecast (plan) [See Plan]; prepare -, plow -, dress- the ground; till -, cultivate- the soil; sow the seed, lay a train, dig a mine; lay -, fix- the -foundations, – basis, – groundwork; dig the foundations, erect the scaffolding; lay the first stone (begin) [See Beginning].
  ROUGHHEW; cut out work; block out, hammer out; lick into shape (form) [See Form].
  ELABORATE, mature, ripen, mellow, season, bring to maturity; nurture (aid) [See Aid]; hatch, cook, brew; temper, anneal, smelt; barbecue; dry, cure, salt, smoke, infumate [rare]; maturate.
  EQUIP, arm, man; fit out, fit up; furnish, rig, dress, garnish, betrim, accouter or accoutre, array, fettle [dial. Eng.], fledge; dress up, furbish up, brush up, vamp up; refurbish; sharpen one’s tools, trim one’s -tackle, – foils; set, prime, attune; whet the -knife, – sword; wind up, screw up; adjust (fit) [See Equality]; put in -trim, – train, – gear, – working order, – tune, – a groove for, – harness; pack, stow away, stow down, stow, load, store.
  PREPARE FOR &c.; train (teach) [See Teaching]; inure (habituate) [See Habit]; breed; rehearse; make provision for; take -steps, – measures, – precautions; provide, provide against; beat up for recruits; open the door to (facilitate) [See Facility].
  set one’s house in order, make all snug; clear decks, clear for action; close one’s ranks; shuffle the cards.
  PREPARE ONESELF; serve an apprenticeship (learn) [See Learning]; lay oneself out for, get into harness, gird up one’s loins, buckle on one’s armor, reculer pour mieux sauter [F.], prime and load, shoulder arms, get up steam; put the horses to, harness, harness up [colloq.], hitch up [colloq.].
  guard against, make sure against; forearm, make sure, prepare for the evil day, have a rod in pickle, have a bone to pick, provide against a rainy day, feather one’s nest; lay in provisions [See Provision]; make investments; keep on foot, keep going.
  BE PREPARED, be ready &c. adj.; hold oneself in readiness, watch and pray, keep one’s powder dry, lie in wait for (expect) [See Expectation]; anticipate (foresee) [See Foresight]; principiis obstare [L.]; veniente occurrere morbo [L.].
   ADJECTIVE:PREPARING &c. v.; in preparation, in course of preparation, in agitation, in embryo, in hand, in train; afoot, afloat; on foot, on the stocks, on the anvil; under consideration (plan) [See Plan]; in consultation; brewing, hatching, forthcoming, brooding; in store for, in reserve.
  precautionary, provident; preparative, preparatory; provisional, inchoate, under revision; under advisement; preliminary (precedent) [See Precedence].
  PREPARED &c. v.; in readiness; ready, – to one’s hand, ready made; cut and dried; made to one’s hand, ready cut, made to order, at one’s elbow, ready for use, all ready; handy, on the table; in gear; running -smoothly, – sweetly; in working -order, – gear; snug; in practice.
  in full feather, in best bib and tucker [colloq.]; in -, at- harness; in the saddle, in arms, in battle array, in war paint; up in arms; armed -at all points, – to the teeth, – cap à pie [F.]; sword in hand; booted and spurred.
  in utrumque paratus [Vergil], semper paratus [L.]; on the alert (vigilant) [See Care]; at one’s post.
  RIPE, mature, mellow; pucka or pakka [Hind.]; practiced (skilled) [See Skill]; labored, elaborate, high-wrought, smelling of the lamp, worked up.
   ADVERB:IN PREPARATION, in anticipation of; afoot, astir, abroad; abroach.
  1. A bove majori discit ar are minor.
  2. Looking before and after.—Hamlet
  3. Si vis pacem para bellum.
  4. There is a divinity that shapes our ends, Roughhew them how we will.—Hamlet