What does the word preparation mean?

Usage examples for preparation

  1. Food, and its Preparation. – The Book of Household Management by Mrs. Isabella Beeton
  2. But the preparation of his ship's company was most surprising. – The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle
  3. They had made ample preparation in the way of training, and they carried enough food to last them for two weeks. – A Prisoner in Turkey by John Still