prepare

verb

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

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
3
a
: 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
preparer noun

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The larger purpose, for her, was to prepare for next month’s Sevilla Marathon in Spain. The Arizona Republic, 15 Jan. 2023 Other parts of the state, including in Sacramento County, were told to prepare to evacuate as the rain continued. Justine Mcdaniel, Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2023 The state’s struggle against devastating floods will depend, in part, on residents who will need to prepare even when there is little water in sight, Nemeth, the Department of Water Resources director, told me. James Ross Gardner, The New Yorker, 12 Jan. 2023 But the higher rates also could lead to more defaults, prompting banks to prepare for the worst-case scenario. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 11 Jan. 2023 In November, the U.S. restricted arrivals of travelers from Uganda to five airports to allow for extra screening while the WHO urged neighboring countries to prepare for the possibility of infections. Nicholas Bariyo, WSJ, 11 Jan. 2023 There are many ways to try to prepare for that influx of people that will need water. Dallas News, 10 Jan. 2023 Likewise, the economic outlook is predicting a recession in early 2023 and this could be boards trying to prepare for that. Byeleanor Pringle, Fortune, 9 Jan. 2023 Commissioner Roger Goodell for the first time addressed one of the lingering questions about how the N.F.L. handled the crisis: why players were told to prepare to restart the game after an ambulance carrying Hamlin left the field. Jenny Vrentas, New York Times, 9 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Prepare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prepare. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

prepare

verb
pre·​pare pri-ˈpa(ə)r How to pronounce prepare (audio)
-ˈpe(ə)r
prepared; preparing
1
: to make ready beforehand
prepared us for the news
prepare for a test
2
: to put together the elements of : compound
prepare a prescription
preparer noun

Medical Definition

prepare

transitive verb
prepared; preparing
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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