pre·pared | \ pri-ˈperd \

Definition of prepared 

: subjected to a special process or treatment

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Other words from prepared

preparedly \pri-ˈperd-lē, -ˈper-əd- \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for prepared


fit, go, ready, set


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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Chief Executive Stephen Kaniewski said in prepared remarks. Waverly Colville, WSJ, "Valmont Says Proposed U.S. Tariffs, Brazil Truckers’ Strike Impacting Customers," 12 July 2018 When the game arrived, the Wolfpack looked more prepared. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "How Louisville football can (and can't) beat NC State," 12 July 2018 Every store offers an in-house butcher, fresh and prepared deli items ideal for a grab-and-go meal, a bakery, and a selection of craft beer and wine. Lauren Delgado,, "Sprouts Farmers Market sets opening date for Winter Park store," 11 July 2018 But when his principal denied him the chance to give his prepared remarks at the graduation, the city’s black female mayor stepped in, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Paula Rogo,, "First Black Valedictorian Speaks At City Hall After High School Denies Him Graduation Speech," 7 July 2018 Being a versatile athlete helps Grotjohn master new positions and be prepared to change at a moment’s notice. Paul Johnson, Naperville Sun, "Javier Baez, Ian Happ, Ben Zobrist ... and Ryan Grotjohn: Cougars getting good use out of everyday utility player," 7 July 2018 In his prepared remarks, Duff highlights the group's proposal for a national Office of Judicial Integrity, with a hotline for employees to seek counseling, guidance and intervention if harassed. Joan Biskupic, CNN, "Senate Judiciary Committee takes up #MeToo in the courts," 13 June 2018 Most are covered only by Cuba's state-run press, and unlike the voluble Fidel Castro, the president rarely takes questions or breaks from brief prepared remarks. Andrea Rodriguez And Michael Weissenstein, The Christian Science Monitor, "Diaz-Canel crafts new public persona as Cuban president," 23 May 2018 Harry and Markle exchanged a quick glance at one another at one point as Curry drifted from his prepared remarks and ad libbed while the queen looked on stoically. Gregory Katz And David Rising, Fox News, "Fiery US bishop brings American flair to royal wedding," 19 May 2018

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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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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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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