prep

noun
\ ˈprep How to pronounce prep (audio) \

Definition of prep

 (Entry 1 of 3)

3 : a preliminary trial for a racehorse

prep

verb
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: 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 want-to dimension prep was there and his body just wasn’t ready to be the old Pat Peterson (after returning form the suspension). Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson says he's finally back to where he needs to be," 19 Dec. 2019 But food prep is a juggling act, and germs from poultry can be spread even if it’s not washed, especially when birds are removed from packaging. Washington Post, "Stop! Washing your Thanksgiving turkey could spread germs," 27 Nov. 2019 But food prep is a juggling act, and germs from poultry can be spread even if it’s not washed, especially when birds are removed from packaging. Candice Choi, Twin Cities, "Stop washing your Thanksgiving turkey. It could spread germs, experts warn.," 26 Nov. 2019 But food prep is a juggling act, and germs from poultry can be spread even if it’s not washed, especially when birds are removed from packaging. Candice Choi, The Denver Post, "Why you shouldn’t wash your Thanksgiving turkey," 26 Nov. 2019 But food prep is a juggling act, and germs from poultry can be spread even if it's not washed, especially when birds are removed from packaging. Candice Choi, chicagotribune.com, "Stop! Washing your Thanksgiving turkey could spread germs," 25 Nov. 2019 But food prep is a juggling act, and germs from poultry can be spread even if it's not washed, especially when birds are removed from packaging. Candice Choi, orlandosentinel.com, "Forget what mom said - Don’t wash your turkey, government experts now say," 25 Nov. 2019 And Emmy prep is a great excuse to hunker down for a month of extensive catch-up screen time. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: 10 binge-worthy TV shows to watch before the Emmy Awards," 19 Aug. 2019 The question really is to see who anchors this team through what will be a grueling camp — if the difficult bowl prep from last season is any indication. Sam Blum | Sblum@al.com, al, "The five biggest questions for Auburn entering training camp," 1 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To prep for the district tournament, the Panthers took part in the BCAA Big 8 volleyball tournament. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Coral Springs Charter’s volleyball team readies for postseason," 10 Oct. 2019 And, maybe best of all, smoothies are easy to prep ahead of time, in bulk (the holy grail of weekday breakfasts, amirite?). Christine Byrne, SELF, "21 High-Protein Smoothies With No Protein Powder," 2 Jan. 2019 Buy: TVs The end of football season marks the beginning of television deals, as retailers help shoppers prep for viewing parties. oregonlive, "What to buy and what to skip in January," 4 Jan. 2020 Steven Bohne, program director at the YMCA, came out to fields around 8 a.m. to prep them for Saturday play. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "Blue Ash police seek public's help after graffiti found in park and at YMCA," 17 Oct. 2019 Step 2: Brush out the middle section and prep it with Beachwaver Braid Balm to tame flyaways, and then starting at the back, Dutch braid (directions below) the section towards your face. Glamour, "10 Braided Hairstyles You Can Actually Do on Your Own," 31 Aug. 2019 Ronda Rousey, pro wrestler and former MMA fighter The brutality of her MMA career and showmanship of her WWE experience would prep her for an eating contest. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "From Tom Brady to Bartolo Colon, here's 13 athletes we'd love to see in Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest," 3 July 2019 The firm and Purdue executives, including Vice President David Haddox, helped prep Satel for the appearance. David Armstrong, ProPublica, "Inside Purdue Pharma’s Media Playbook: How It Planted the Opioid “Anti-Story”," 19 Nov. 2019 When Paul Ryan squared off with Joe Biden in the 2012 vice presidential debate, Stefanik helped to prep him. Author: Griff Witte, Anchorage Daily News, "A moderate congresswoman went all-in for Trump. Her constituents think they know why.," 15 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of prep

Noun

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1909, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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3 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Prep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prep. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for prep

prep

verb

English Language Learners Definition of prep

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

Kids Definition of prep

preposition

prep

noun
\ 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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