Meaning of PREPARATION in English

[noun]The course teaches traditional methods of food preparation. [U]Before starting to write a play, he does a lot of preparation, taking notes and trying ideas out on friends. [U]The teacher didn't seem to have done much preparation for the class. [U]The team blamed inexperience, injuries and lack of preparation time for their failure to win in Australia.The writer was assisted in the preparation of this article by other members of her family. [U]We are making preparations to fly Mr Goodall to the nearest hospital. [C + to infinitive]A preparation is a mixture of substances, often for use as a medicine.The company is developing a new pharmaceutical preparation suitable for the treatment of gastric ulcers.

Cambridge English vocab.      Кембриджский английский словарь.