pre·​pared | \ pri-ˈperd How to pronounce prepared (audio) \

Definition of prepared

: subjected to a special process or treatment

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preparedly \ pri-​ˈperd-​lē How to pronounce prepared (audio) , -​ˈper-​əd-​ \ adverb

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web In a recent PwC survey of 133 U.S. company executives, 83% said remote work has been a success, yet only 13% are prepared to give up the office for good. Anthony Smith, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Fearful suppliers are not prepared for a post-COVID rebound, European aerospace giant Airbus warned on Thursday, urging suppliers to begin planning investments in new machinery and staff right away due to the industry’s long lead times. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 27 May 2021 Portman said his committee’s report will focus on how security forces were not prepared for the onslaught of violence as Congress attempted to tally electoral votes from the presidential election on Jan. 6, and the poor response to the attack. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, 25 May 2021 But the Spaniards were uniquely prepared for a war of conquest. Mark Stevenson, ajc, 20 May 2021 But the Spaniards were uniquely prepared for a war of conquest. Mark Stevenson, Star Tribune, 19 May 2021 But when the teams kick off at 8 p.m. ET on WRBW 65 and ESPN+, winger Chris Mueller said the team is prepared for a return to on-field absurdity that often came from past matchups against D.C. United. Julia Poe,, 15 May 2021 So many Alabamians may not need quite as much encouragement to get prepared for another hurricane season this year. Leigh Morgan, al, 11 May 2021 The city is prepared to give out about 255,000 shots this week and expects to receive 42,000 doses of Moderna vaccine, 54,000 of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and 27,000 of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, officials said. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2021

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First Known Use of prepared

1663, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prepared

from past participle of prepare

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The first known use of prepared was in 1663

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11 Jun 2021

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“Prepared.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of prepared

: made at an earlier time for later use : made ready in advance
: ready for something : in a suitable condition for some purpose or activity
: willing to do something


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