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Definition of prep

 (Entry 1 of 3)

3 : a preliminary trial for a racehorse


prepped; prepping

Definition of prep (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to attend preparatory school
2 [short for prepare] : to get ready

transitive verb

: prepare especially : to prepare for an operation or examination nurses prepped the patient

Definition of PrEP (Entry 3 of 3)

pre-exposure prophylaxis The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that PrEP, when used consistently, can reduce the risk of H.I.V. infection by up to 92 percent.— Ginia Bellafante

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Synonyms for prep

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of prep in a Sentence

Noun Painting a room involves a lot of prep. Verb She spent all night prepping for the test. The runners are prepping themselves for the race. It took me about 20 minutes to prep the vegetables.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The unexpected departure of freshman Jalen Johnson, who opted to sit out to prep for the NBA, further complicates Duke's pathway to the Big Dance. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Bubble Tracker: What struggling Duke must do to make the NCAA Tournament," 18 Feb. 2021 The Silverbulletday on Saturday serves as a prep for the Oaks and the race is loaded with strong contenders led by local runaway winner Sun Path for Juddmonte and Brad Cox. Michael Beychok,, "Check out Chok's Choices for Friday's Fair Grounds races," 14 Jan. 2021 And almost all are suitable for some degree of meal prep. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "40 Healthy Salad Recipes You'll Actually Crave," 1 Jan. 2021 Having loyal subscribers also creates other opportunities, like doing meal prep or cooking additional dinners. Janelle Bitker,, "Would you buy a subscription to a restaurant? Bay Area businesses turn to regulars in new model," 23 Dec. 2020 For anyone embarking on a new eating program, Green Chef makes meal prep easy. Cnn Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "Shop last-minute gifts that will arrive in time for Christmas," 22 Dec. 2020 Help your favorite cook simplify meal-prep with a powerful food processor. Jennifer Manfrin,, "28 best deals to beat the holiday rush," 6 Dec. 2020 Sweetness, a vegan eatery pop-up inside of Nulife Fitness, also offers vegan meal-prep services and consultations. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "22 all-vegan restaurants and pop-ups in Greater Cleveland," 17 Nov. 2020 Some chefs, like Kou Lee, owner of Koreana Restaurant in Appleton, have even taken it a step further and offered virtual cooking classes to help steer customers through meal prep. Jeff Bollier, Star Tribune, "COVID cold: Restaurants try to keep customers through winter," 7 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb My beauty regimen really starts at night to prep me for the next day. Ying Chu, Marie Claire, "Ashley Graham Is Serious About Self-Care," 18 Feb. 2021 Get your snacks and drinks orders in, prep your couch: D’Angelo is on the bill for the next Verzuz battle. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "D’Angelo Is Booked For the Next Verzuz Battle," 15 Feb. 2021 On the opposite coast, the Surfrider Hotel in Malibu used its kitchen and common spaces to prep meals for frontline workers and launched an initiative allowing the public to purchase hotel-stay vouchers and donate them to workers. Shivani Ashoka, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Hotels Are Responding to the Needs of Their Communities," 14 Sep. 2020 There’s no denying that the more budget-friendly option is to buy ingredients whole and prep them yourself. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, "15 Time-Saving Tips For Eating Healthy When You're Busy," 1 Jan. 2021 Tomeo and his team of six human helpers prep the dogs for a busy winter season. Bailey Berg, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Denali National Park’s Sled Dogs Prepare for Winter," 15 Dec. 2020 Just prep the stainless steel stick by placing it in the freezer for an hour, then simply place it in the bottle to chill within minutes. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "Know someone who loves wine? These are the gifts for them," 11 Dec. 2020 The game was originally slated to launch in November, but Cyberpunk developer CD Projekt Red pushed back its release to provide more time to prep the game. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "'Cyberpunk 2077' launched Thursday. PS4, Xbox One players are already spotting big tech issues," 11 Dec. 2020 Follow this checklist to prep your bathroom for the holidays. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "This Holiday Cleaning Checklist Is Your Go-To Guide Before Guests Arrive," 19 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of prep


1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1909, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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“Prep.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of prep

: to make yourself ready for something
: to make (someone or something) ready for something

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\ ˈprep How to pronounce prep (audio) \

Medical Definition of prep

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the act or an instance of preparing a patient for a surgical operation the nurse had three preps to do
prepped; prepping

Medical Definition of prep (Entry 2 of 2)

: to prepare for a surgical operation or examination prep the patient for an appendectomy

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