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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

fit, fix, groom, lay, prepare, ready

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Examples of prep in a Sentence


Painting a room involves a lot of prep.


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

One stands, head down, in front of a refrigerated sandwich prep table, assembling a plate of food using ingredients stored neatly in clear plastic containers. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "This cannabis kitchen serves up THC-infused pizza and burgers. Here's a look inside," 4 June 2019 From the premiere of Game of Thrones and booking a DJ for her wedding to getting into it over Tiger Woods, Hill takes us inside her podcast prep. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Jemele Hill Runs on Green Tea, Soap Operas, and Delta Diamond Status," 23 Apr. 2019 Keep in mind that successful meal prep is really all about finding what aligns with your tastes and lifestyle. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "Here's How a Registered Dietitian Shops and Meal Preps on a Budget," 22 Feb. 2019 Benjamin headed the college-prep K-12 school in Sparks’ hometown of 30,000 people about 120 miles (193 kilometers) east of Raleigh between July and November 2013. Emery P. Dalesio, The Seattle Times, "Lawsuit continues against novelist Sparks, school he started," 19 Nov. 2018 Divide the massive group into dinner-prep teams of three or four. Cheryl Stritzel Mccarthy,, "Don't be that guest: Lake house etiquette tips from the pros," 19 June 2018 Which Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky current, ex-preps stars were selected? Scott Springer,, "Full Steam ahead for some Cincinnati area college baseball players," 14 June 2018 More than 200 colleges and universities will participate, as well as test prep and financial aid companies. Laura Groch,, "North County School News, April 19," 19 Apr. 2018 Neither student is majoring in music in college, but put effort in rehearsal - as well as their AP and college-prep. Quoron Walker, Courant Community, "East Catholic High Wins Big At Berklee Jazz Fest," 20 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That cooperation included getting a permit from the Department of Transportation to put the plaque on county land as well as helping bring in the Department of Public Works to prep the area and install the plaque, saving labor costs. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Police, community commemorate Officer Charles Irvine Jr. with honorary plaque near the site of his death," 7 June 2019 How, then, to prep the face for sunnier days ahead? Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Here’s How to Transition Your Skin-Care Routine From Winter to Spring," 12 Mar. 2019 Then the specialist will prep the area, cleaning the brows and applying a thin layer of petroleum jelly around them to prevent any accidental skin staining. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "What is Eyebrow Tinting, Anyway?," 1 Feb. 2019 Put simply: Contrary to popular belief, makeup primers don't have to be labeled as such to do what they're supposed to: prep your skin for makeup. Allure, "13 Makeup Primers and Alternatives for People Who Hate Primer," 20 Mar. 2019 Palau and his team used Redken Guts to prep then dryed the hair, fastened six hair pieces on each girl, then smoothed it with Redken Shine Flash and Redken Forceful 23 hairspray. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Hair at Versace's Show Was So Big and Full of Secrets," 3 Dec. 2018 To prep for shadow, Mann first applied UD's Primer Potion in Sin (a pale nude shimmer) to Williams' lids. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Maisie Williams Wore a Full Face of Urban Decay’s Game of Thrones Makeup Collection to the Season 8 Premiere," 4 Apr. 2019 Instead, Brady is going to sleep in his magic anti-aging pajamas to prep for a showdown with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Tom Brady & Drew Brees: Beware the Zombie Geezers!," 14 Jan. 2019 To prep for trial, attorneys use services like and to run their cases by mock jurors, who get paid. Tracy Saelinger, Redbook, "The Ultimate Guide to Remote Jobs," 17 Nov. 2015

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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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The first known use of prep was in 1862

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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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