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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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Usually Fridays are a day to prep for the weekend ahead and unwind from the previous week. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 27 Mar. 2022 The Mountain won the title three years running before retiring from the sport to prep for his boxing grudge match with Eddie Hall, slated to finally take place later this month. Brett Williams, Men's Health, 7 Mar. 2022 Powered by probiotic extracts and superfood ingredients, TULA Skincare products are not only popular among Nordstrom shoppers, but also used frequently by celebrity makeup artists to prep skin ahead of makeup application. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 May 2022 Above, watch Hudgens prep and get ready for the Met Gala. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 6 May 2022 As contenders, Taiba and Messier come into the Derby with a greater air of mystery than horses such as Zandon, Epicenter and Smile Happy, who faced off in prep races in Louisiana and Kentucky. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 5 May 2022 The investigation by state attorneys general, led by Letitia James of New York, was sparked by ProPublica stories in 2019 that revealed how Intuit had systematically tricked millions of people into paying for tax prep. Justin Elliott, ProPublica, 4 May 2022 For You Page between cute animals and food prep hack videos. Devon Abelman, Allure, 4 May 2022 Grande has been very much in prep mode for her role as Glinda in the two-part film. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 4 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Next, prep the skin with an emollient like a face oil or a balm that’s silky and doesn’t absorb right away to avoid tugging your skin. ELLE, 8 Apr. 2022 Say our next variant is an Omicron descendant; dosing people up with Omivax could still prep the body for what’s up ahead, even if the shot arrives too late to prevent past surges. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 24 Feb. 2022 With this in mind, Clinique specifically formulated this men’s face scrub to prep the skin for shaving. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 No 1 de Chanel includes a Powder-to-Foam Cleanser and Revitalizing Lotion meant to prep the skin. Sherrie Nachman, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 Director Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson, and Gwyneth Paltrow prep a car scene in The Royal Tenenbaums. Vulture Editors, Vulture, 10 Dec. 2021 While the pasta cools, prep the dressing and remaining ingredients. Robin Miller, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2022 Twelve major contributors to prep athletics in Alabama were inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame at a banquet at Montgomery’s Renaissance Hotel and Spa on Monday night. Reports, al, 21 Mar. 2022 While the pasta cools, prep the dressing and remaining ingredients. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 9 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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20 May 2022

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“Prep.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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


transitive verb
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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