Meaning of “preparation” in the English Dictionary

"preparation" in British English

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preparationnoun

uk /ˌprep.ərˈeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌprep.əˈreɪ.ʃən/

preparation noun (GETTING READY)

B1 [ U ] the things that you do or the time that you spend preparing for something:

The teacher didn't seem to have done much preparation for the class.
The team blamed injuries and lack of preparation for their failure to win.
Yasmin assisted in the preparation of this article.
preparations B2 [ plural ]

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plans or arrangements that you make to prepare for something:

[ + to infinitive ] We are making preparations to fly Mr Goodall to the nearest hospital.
Preparations for the opening ceremony are well under way.

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(Definition of “preparation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"preparation" in American English

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preparationnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˌprep·əˈreɪ·ʃən/

the state of being ready for something that will happen, or an action taken to become ready:

[ U ] The teacher said my preparation for the exam was inadequate.
[ C ] By the next morning our preparations for the storm were complete.
[ U ] A platform had been set up in preparation for the ceremony.

(Definition of “preparation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)