1

prep

play
noun \ˈprep\

Definition of prep

  1. 1 :  preparation

  2. 2 :  preparatory school

  3. 3 :  a preliminary trial for a racehorse

Examples of prep in a Sentence

  1. Painting a room involves a lot of prep.

First Known Use of prep

1862


2

prep

verb

Definition of prep

prepped

;

prepping

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to attend preparatory school

  3. 2 [short for prepare] :  to get ready

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  prepare; especially :  to prepare for an operation or examination nurses prepped the patient

Examples of prep in a Sentence

  1. She spent all night prepping for the test.

  2. The runners are prepping themselves for the race.

  3. It took me about 20 minutes to prep the vegetables.

First Known Use of prep

1909


PrEP

abbreviation

Definition of PrEP

  1. pre-exposure prophylaxis The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that PrEP, when used consistently, can reduce the risk of H.I.V. infection by up to 92 percent. — Ginia Bellafante


PREP Defined for English Language Learners

prep

verb

Definition of prep for English Language Learners

  • : to make yourself ready for something

  • : to make (someone or something) ready for something


PREP Defined for Kids

prep

play
abbreviation

Definition of prep for Students

  1. preposition


Medical Dictionary

1

prep

play
noun \ˈprep\

Medical Definition of prep

  1. :  the act or an instance of preparing a patient for a surgical operation the nurse had three preps to do


2

prep

transitive verb

Medical Definition of prep

prepped

;

prepping

  1. :  to prepare for a surgical operation or examination prep the patient for an appendectomy



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up prep? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to reach the highest or a decisive point

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!