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

Synonyms for prepare

Synonyms

fit, fix, groom, lay, prep, ready

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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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Now that this first sample collection is out of the way, Hayabusa is preparing for the second. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Here's How It Looks When a Spacecraft Shoots an Asteroid," 5 Mar. 2019 According to Windows Central, Microsoft is preparing to unveil a cross-platform SDK (or XDK) at the Game Developers Conference in March at a special session. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft reportedly wants to use Xbox Live to support cross-platform games like Fortnite," 4 Feb. 2019 Bogatin came to that meeting prepared to spend $6 million, which is equivalent to about $15 million today. Sean Illing, Vox, "Trump’s ties to the Russian mafia go back 3 decades," 8 Dec. 2018 SpaceX spent 17 months preparing a third Falcon 1 rocket, upgrading its main engine and testing to ensure that everything would go smoothly for a launch in August, 2008. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Inside the eight desperate weeks that saved SpaceX from ruin," 21 Sep. 2018 Will McDaniels and Angela Jackson thought they were prepared for a basketball season such as this. Jayda Evans, The Seattle Times, "‘He’s the future of basketball’: Federal Way’s Jaden McDaniels has become one of the best in nation," 20 Feb. 2019 As a medicine, it is often prepared with different herbs in the hopes of improving a variety of conditions, from poor eyesight to sperm production. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Make Your Own Ghee," 1 Feb. 2019 But, rest assured, you have been prepared well for this challenge by the very best instructors in the World. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Read the Speech Prince William Delivered at the Sovereign's Parade," 14 Dec. 2018 Dee was also prepared for the possibility of losing a little length, and Taylor ended up cutting off about two inches that didn't feel as healthy as the rest of the hair, leaving her with an adorable, wavy lob. Marci Robin, Allure, "How Colorist Rebecca Taylor Pulled Off This Stunning Transformation on a Client’s Stubborn Blue Hair," 6 Oct. 2018

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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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prepare

verb

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

prepare

transitive verb
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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