pre·​pared pri-ˈperd How to pronounce prepared (audio)
: subjected to a special process or treatment
pri-ˈperd-lē How to pronounce prepared (audio)

Examples of prepared in a Sentence

The president read a prepared statement. The store sells a selection of prepared foods. I got so nervous. I guess I just wasn't prepared. She was well-prepared and scored high on the test. How much are you prepared to pay? I wasn't prepared to spend that much money. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Place each rolls, evenly spaced, on prepared baking sheet. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 13 Feb. 2024 There are steps hikers can take to avoid getting lost and be better prepared for the unexpected: Have more than enough food and water with you. Daniella Segura, Sacramento Bee, 12 Feb. 2024 Following last year’s writers’ and actors’ strikes — which spurred a widespread production shutdown that hit crew members particularly hard — there has been much talk in the industry about whether IATSE members are prepared to walk out as well. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 But even as some call for a new election – which would be Israel’s sixth in just four years – many are not prepared to ditch Netanyahu. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, 9 Feb. 2024 Thankfully, Johnson came prepared for the frigid weather, bundling up with a chocolatey leather coat. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 7 Feb. 2024 In a prepared statement, James Kossin, a science advisor at climate data nonprofit First Street Foundation and an author on the study, said the public needs to be better warned about hurricane risks that the current wind scale doesn’t address. Max Chesnes, Miami Herald, 6 Feb. 2024 Place 4 balls an equal distance apart on a prepared pan, and transfer to the freezer for 15 minutes before baking. Jill Silva, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Or head over to the prepared foods section and pick up a refrigerated pizza with fresh toppings instead. Casey Barber, CNN, 29 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


from past participle of prepare

First Known Use

1663, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prepared was in 1663

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“Prepared.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: treated with a special process : given a special treatment

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