prep‧a‧ra‧tion S2 W3
the process of preparing something:
This dish is good for dinner parties because much of the preparation can be done ahead of time.
Business training is a good preparation for any career.
the preparation of the budget
do something in preparation for something (=in order to prepare for something)
He is practising every day, in preparation for the ice-skating championship.
Plans for the new school are now in preparation.
a course in food service and food preparation
arrangements for something that is going to happen
Preparations for the upcoming Olympic Games are nearing completion.
Preparations are being made for the President's visit.
The festival was a great success, and preparations are underway (=have started) for another one next summer.
3 [countable] formalDCB
a mixture that has been prepared and that is used for a particular purpose, especially as a medicine or to make your skin more attractive:
a new preparation for cleansing the skin