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

The retailer is preparing now for its largest sale of the year, which launches for Nordstrom cardholders on July 12, and for the general public on July 19. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "Sunday Riley’s Essentials Kit Is on Sale During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale," 12 July 2019 And while the city wasn’t prepared for the huge crowds congregating on John F. Kennedy Drive in the park, the vibe was fantastic. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "The legend of the Skate Patrol, guardians of Golden Gate Park," 11 July 2019 In a petition filed last month to the Supreme Court of British Columbia, her legal team argued that the lot was being prepared for renovations pending the city issuing redevelopment permits. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "Wife of Chinese multimillionaire sues over $200,000 fine for not living in $20M Vancouver mansion," 10 July 2019 McConnell's record is on the ballot National and state Republicans are prepared to defend McConnell at all costs. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "5 things to know about Amy McGrath vs. Mitch McConnell in the 2020 Senate race," 9 July 2019 Whether the world’s central banks are prepared to combat another slump is becoming less of a hypothetical question as the global economy shows signs of strain. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "Global Recession Risks Are Up, and Central Banks Aren’t Ready," 9 July 2019 The big thing is being organized, being prepared and bringing energy. Tyler Johnson, Houston Chronicle, "Pasadena teacher's hoops obsession leads him to dream job training NBA players," 3 July 2019 They are also required to bring their own meal, which can be prepared by guests or pre-ordered through local catering partners Max Restaurant Group and David Alan Hospitality Group. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "‘Chic picnic’ Le Dîner en Blanc comes to Hartford for first time," 3 July 2019 Pinedo told me that sources inside the judiciary had warned him that an order was being prepared to prohibit García from leaving Peru. Daniel Alarcón, The New Yorker, "What Led Peru’s Former President to Take His Own Life?," 1 July 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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