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

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 Oklahoma has been safely reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic and is prepared to host President Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa on Saturday, Oklahoma Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt said. Fox News, "Oklahoma gov on Trump rally, reopening during COVID-19: 'We are going to be very safe'," 19 June 2020 Because of this, Beekman is prepared to give seating priority to MSU undergraduate and graduate students, then season ticket holders and major donors. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "What will Michigan football's attendance look like in 2020? AD Warde Manuel isn't sure," 19 June 2020 Teams have had to adjust to find new ways of staying together, organized and prepared. oregonlive, "How Oregon high school football teams are preparing amid the coronavirus pandemic: Zoom sessions, 7-on-7s in the park, work on the farm," 19 June 2020 School officials have been surveying families to gauge how many were prepared to send their children to school and how many want to continue with remote learning instead. Krista Torralva,, "Texas education chief promises ‘flexibility’ to parents who want their kids to stick with remote learning," 18 June 2020 The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus said in a prepared statement Wednesday that black lawmakers were not consulted on DeWine’s proposal and only learned of it hours before the 2 p.m. press conference., "Gov. Mike DeWine wants chokehold ban, independent investigations for police shootings," 17 June 2020 The score, one of Cage’s mashups of prepared piano and recorded noise, sounds like a machine shop, or a slowly moving freight train. Christopher Benfey, The New York Review of Books, "The Opposite of Ordinary," 17 June 2020 Being prepared means doing the research to get the numbers that support your points. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, "Want a promotion? Beware of this bias: Ask HR," 17 June 2020 The facility’s safety measures follow recommendations from Gov. Greg Abbott, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other sources to ensure the safety of all patrons, according to a prepared statement. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Plano’s iconic Texas-shaped pool opens this week with new COVID-19 safety measures," 16 June 2020

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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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22 Jun 2020

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“Prepared.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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