Meaning of “preparation” in the English Dictionary

"preparation" in British English

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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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  • They're making the most elaborate preparations for the wedding.
  • She's busy with Christmas preparations.
  • How are the party preparations going?
  • We're making preparations for moving house.
  • I was preoccupied with wedding preparations.

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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  • There was a lot of activity in preparation for the Queen's visit.
  • They have been strengthening their border defences in preparation for war.
  • We shared the preparation for the party between us, so it wasn't too much work.
  • They're making the most elaborate preparations for the wedding.
  • If I'm going to do my best in this interview I'll need to do some preparation.

(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)