prepare

verb
pre·​pare | \ pri-ˈper How to pronounce prepare (audio) \
prepared; preparing

Definition of prepare

transitive verb

1a : to make ready beforehand for some purpose, use, or activity prepare food for dinner
b : to put in a proper state of mind is prepared to listen
2 : to work out the details of : plan in advance preparing a campaign strategy
3a : to put together : compound prepare a prescription
b : to put into written form prepare a report

intransitive verb

: to get ready preparing for a career

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Other Words from prepare

preparer noun

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Examples of prepare in a Sentence

The teacher prepared the students for the test. Your room is being prepared now and should be ready soon. The nurses prepared the patient for surgery. Farmers are busy preparing the soil for planting. They'll be arriving soon. We don't have much more time to prepare. We don't have much more time to prepare ourselves for their arrival. She tried to prepare herself for bad news. The sailors are preparing themselves for a long voyage. The pharmacist prepared the prescription.
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Recent Examples on the Web Shin said the group is preparing for an annual conference this month in Pittsburgh. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "On America’s college campuses, the coronavirus delivers a chill," 9 Feb. 2020 The Boeing Starliner performed an uncrewed test flight in December to prepare for its work ferrying US astronauts to the International Space Station. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Boeing’s spacecraft test failure points to broader problems," 7 Feb. 2020 Nebraska National Guard officials have been preparing to house evacuees in three buildings with 85 hotel-style rooms at the camp. USA TODAY, "‘Bag Full of Drugs,’ kiwiberries, retiring bulldog: News from around our 50 states," 6 Feb. 2020 The 74-page report, commissioned by the city and prepared by two academics at the University of Texas at San Antonio, outlines the many challenges women in the Alamo City face. Sara Cline, ExpressNews.com, "City of San Antonio hosting first Girls Empowerment Summit," 6 Feb. 2020 The party had been preparing for record turnout and many Iowa Democrats thought the jumbo-sized 2020 field would help drive more people to the polls. NBC News, "Iowa Democratic Party speaking to campaigns about delays," 5 Feb. 2020 On both counts in the Articles of Impeachment, prepared by the House of Representatives after their inquiry, the Senate voted to find Trump not guilty. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Impeachment Ends in Acquittal for President Donald Trump After Senate Votes “Not Guilty” Twice," 5 Feb. 2020 But even as the family waits for the baby’s return, members have been preparing the funerals of the three victims. al, "FBI joins search for baby missing after Miami triple homicide, suspect’s suicide," 4 Feb. 2020 The Communist Party had been preparing for children like Humar, young Uighurs who had studied outside Xinjiang and had social networks in the rest of China. New York Times, "Her Uighur Parents Were Model Chinese Citizens. It Didn’t Matter.," 29 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of prepare

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for prepare

Middle English preparen, borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French preparer, borrowed from Latin praeparāre "to furnish beforehand, put in a state of readiness," from prae- pre- + parāre "to supply, provide, make ready" — more at pare

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The first known use of prepare was in the 15th century

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12 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Prepare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prepare. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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prepare

verb
How to pronounce prepare (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of prepare

: to make (someone or something) ready for some activity, purpose, use, etc.
: to make yourself ready for something that you will be doing, something that you expect to happen, etc.
: to make or create (something) so that it is ready for use

prepare

verb
pre·​pare | \ pri-ˈper How to pronounce prepare (audio) \
prepared; preparing

Kids Definition of prepare

1 : to make or get ready beforehand I have to prepare for a test. Farmers prepare the soil for planting.
2 : to put together the elements of prepare dinner
pre·​pare | \ pri-ˈpa(ə)r, -ˈpe(ə)r How to pronounce prepare (audio) \
prepared; preparing

Medical Definition of prepare

1 : to make ready beforehand prepare a patient for surgery
2 : to put together : compound prepared a vaccine from live virus prepared the doctor's prescription

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