prepare

verb
pre·​pare | \ pri-ˈper \
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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Recent Examples on the Web

The process of preparing for trial in Japan can take as long as a year, said Shin Kukimoto, deputy chief prosecutor in Tokyo, at a Friday news conference. Sean Mclain, WSJ, "Carlos Ghosn Is Charged Again, Setting Up Bail Hearing," 11 Jan. 2019 Getting prepared ahead of time will help set you up for success. SELF, "7 Tips for Anyone Who Wants to Start Working Out but Doesn't Know Where to Begin," 10 Jan. 2019 While Black was charged on Sunday with capital murder, Woodruffe was held in the county jail on a drug charge while the sheriff’s office prepared a capital murder charge against him. Juan A. Lozano, The Seattle Times, "Man authorities believe shot Texas girl charged with murder," 9 Jan. 2019 Stores, banks, and businesses on high-end thoroughfares that boarded up their windows on Friday nights as though preparing for wartime are no longer doing so—and are now hoping that the season’s sales will make up for the preholiday closures. Amy Verner, Vogue, "First Dior Men, Now Thom Browne—The Gilets Jaunes Are Impacting the Fall ’19 Paris Men’s Shows," 9 Jan. 2019 Watch the quick snippet below, and prepare to get as excited as the rest of the internet. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Watch the 'Big Little Lies' Season 2 Trailer That Premiered During the Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 In the meantime, Boom will be testing supersonic speed over water, preparing for the day it is legalized over land. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Supersonic Airliners Are About to Take Off. Again.," 7 Jan. 2019 Everyone had an opinion, and we were expected to be present and prepared 100 percent of the time. Minhae Shim Roth, Glamour, "My Reward for Having a Baby? A $1,000 Gucci Bag," 7 Jan. 2019 As 2018 dawned, expectations for self-driving vehicles were sky-high: Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving car company, was testing fully driverless cars and preparing for a commercial launch in the Phoenix area. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "The hype around driverless cars came crashing down in 2018," 30 Dec. 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 \
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 \
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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