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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Recent Examples on the Web

Everyone sounds karaoke due to not having time to prepare and the nerves! Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'The Voice' Fans Are Calling the First Cross Battles Show the 'Worst Episode' Ever," 16 Apr. 2019 Now, just as the royal couple moves nearby to Frogmore Cottage to prepare for the arrival of their first child, their evening reception venue is opening it's doors to visitors for a very limited time. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Frogmore House, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding Reception Venue, Is Opening to the Public," 10 Apr. 2019 In their proposal, paid time off would be guaranteed to prepare for the arrival of a newborn and to care for relatives or recover from one’s own injuries or illness. Bryce Covert, Glamour, "America Could at Last Pass Paid Leave. But What Good Is a Plan That Excludes Millions of Women?," 2 Apr. 2019 To prepare for both upcoming seasons—pun intended—POPSUGAR has found us the holy grail of pool floats. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "These GoT-Inspired Pool Floats Will Make You Feel Like the Mother of Dragons," 20 Mar. 2019 Unanimously, the highlight of the spring-flavored menu was the steelhead trout, which was prepared to a gorgeous salmon-pink color, surprising some guests at first bite. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, "Welcome to New York! Europe’s Most Promising Designers Gathered for a MatchesFashion.com-Hosted Dinner," 5 Apr. 2019 Similarly, the classic Caesar salad is prepared tableside and the roasted chicken for two (above) is carved at the table. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Thomas Keller's New Hudson Yards Restaurant, TAK Room," 1 Apr. 2019 Today, as Qatar prepares to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Doha has the Museum of Islamic Art designed by I.M. Pei and the Qatar National Library designed by OMA. Julie Lasky, ELLE Decor, "ED First Look: The National Museum of Qatar," 26 Mar. 2019 On the other hand, Microsoft usually wraps up its Insider builds in March or so to prepare for an April release. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft separates Cortana from search in new Windows 10 preview build," 16 Jan. 2019

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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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