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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In 1997, the Union Jack was lowered for the last time over Government House in Hong Kong as Britain prepared to hand the colony back to China at midnight after ruling it for 156 years., "This day in history," 30 June 2019 The differences between the two sides persist, chiefly around North Korea demanding serious sanctions relief and the U.S. wanting radical steps toward denuclearization, which neither are prepared to offer. NBC News, "Trump's Iran policy is deepening mistrust in North Korea, experts say," 29 June 2019 Superstars like Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving headline a loaded field of marquee names hitting free agency, and several teams with salary cap space are prepared to throw gobs of money their way once the market opens. Editors, USA TODAY, "Trump heads to South Korea, Pride Month, NBA free agency: 5 things to know this weekend," 29 June 2019 The bill is meant to make Oregon more prepared for events like the 2016 oil train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge., "Bill requiring safety plans for oil trains in Oregon heads to Gov. Brown," 29 June 2019 Local agencies have been waiving development fees for years and, given that these homes are factory built and quickly installed on a prepared site, permitting and inspection costs should be modest in comparison to traditional homes. Sheila Dey, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Manufactured homes could ease California housing crisis," 28 June 2019 One of the main goals for Phoenix College is to feed the business community with new trained, prepared workers. Tj Gibson, azcentral, "How does a college help to prepare a workforce? First, they listen.," 28 June 2019 While this is a major step toward seeking justice, our team is fully prepared to present these findings to a jury as this matter moves forward. Jona Ison,, "Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader indicted 16 charges," 28 June 2019 But the fact that Mr Khamenei, who rarely meets foreign leaders, was prepared to see him was perhaps a sign of openness. The Economist, "Breaking the nuclear deal ratchets up the conflict between Iran and America," 28 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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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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