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

Definition of prepared

: subjected to a special process or treatment

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Other Words from prepared

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for prepared


fit, go, ready, set


flat-footed, half-baked, half-cocked, underprepared, unprepared, unready

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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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It's claimed that even though Arsenal are prepared to blow their entire transfer budget in landing Dias ahead of the new season, the club still won't be able to meet the defender's £54m release clause., "Arsenal Revive Interest in Ruben Dias After Laurent Koscielny Pre-Season Tour Shenanigans," 13 July 2019 The city of Anderson and surrounding areas were under a Level 2 order warning residents to be prepared to leave immediately. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Fast-moving wildfire forces evacuations of two Denali Borough subdivisions," 12 July 2019 The dramatic spring blooming dogwoods prefer the sandy, acid soil of East Texas but will perform well in the black soils if planted in prepared beds. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Not big on big trees? These little ones grow well in sun and shade," 9 July 2019 That has raised fears among migrants' advocates that Mexican border cities are ill-prepared to cope with the influx, with resources scarce and many shelters already overflowing. Fox News, "Dozens of Central Americans returned from US are sent home by Mexico," 3 July 2019 But without the resources of an international body like the IDA, this falls on local governments—which aren't always well prepared to convince everyone in their area to buy in to a new lighting system and infrastructure. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Rise of Astrotourism Could Potentially Be Its Downfall," 3 July 2019 This plays into the hands of John Bolton and other hardliners who are prepared to risk a conflict and escalation to achieve their ambition of getting rid of the current regime in Tehran. Jon Wolfsthal, The New Republic, "Is Anyone Surprised Iran Has Returned to Enrichment?," 2 July 2019 With this in mind, space food is carefully selected, prepared, contained, dispensed, dehydrated, rehydrated, heated and cooled with ever evolving technology. Chelsea Gohd, Scientific American, "The Space Station May Soon Smell like Fresh-Baked Cookies," 2 July 2019 Make a reservation for before 9:30 p.m. or show up early and be prepared to stand. Jim Webster, Twin Cities, "In Orlando or Anaheim for a Disney vacation? Explore the cities beyond the gates, too," 29 June 2019

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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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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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