verb pre·pare \ pri-ˈper \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of prepare

prepared; preparing
transitive verb
1 a :to make ready beforehand for some purpose, use, or activity
  • prepare food for dinner
b :to put in a proper state of mind
  • is prepared to listen
2 :to work out the details of :plan in advance
  • preparing a campaign strategy
3 a :to put together :compound
  • prepare a prescription
b :to put into written form
  • prepare a report
intransitive verb
:to get ready
  • preparing for a career



Examples of prepare in a Sentence

  1. The teacher prepared the students for the test.

  2. Your room is being prepared now and should be ready soon.

  3. The nurses prepared the patient for surgery.

  4. Farmers are busy preparing the soil for planting.

  5. They'll be arriving soon. We don't have much more time to prepare.

  6. We don't have much more time to prepare ourselves for their arrival.

  7. She tried to prepare herself for bad news.

  8. The sailors are preparing themselves for a long voyage.

  9. The pharmacist prepared the prescription.

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Origin and Etymology of prepare

Middle English, from Middle French preparer, from Latin praeparare, from prae- pre- + parare to procure, prepare — more at pare

PREPARE Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of prepare for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone or something) ready for some activity, purpose, use, etc.

  • : to make yourself ready for something that you will be doing, something that you expect to happen, etc.

  • : to make or create (something) so that it is ready for use

PREPARE Defined for Kids


verb pre·pare \ pri-ˈper \

Definition of prepare for Students

prepared; preparing
1 :to make or get ready beforehand
  • I have to prepare for a test.
  • Farmers prepare the soil for planting.
2 :to put together the elements of
  • prepare dinner

Medical Dictionary


transitive verb pre·pare \ pri-ˈpa(ə)r, -ˈpe(ə)r \

medical Definition of prepare

prepared; preparing
1 :to make ready beforehand
  • prepare a patient for surgery
2 :to put together :compound
  • prepared a vaccine from live virus
  • prepared the doctor's prescription

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