\ ˈprep How to pronounce prep (audio) \

Definition of prep

 (Entry 1 of 3)

3 : a preliminary trial for a racehorse


prepped; prepping

Definition of prep (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to attend preparatory school
2 [ short for prepare ] : to get ready

transitive verb

: prepare especially : to prepare for an operation or examination nurses prepped the patient

Definition of PrEP (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Synonyms for prep

Synonyms: Verb

fit, fix, groom, lay, prepare, ready

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Examples of prep in a Sentence


Painting a room involves a lot of prep.


She spent all night prepping for the test. The runners are prepping themselves for the race. It took me about 20 minutes to prep the vegetables.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Dilfer, a former NFL analyst for ESPN, now coaches a high school team in Tennessee and for years, has been the head coach of Elite 11, a training and competition program for the nation’s top prep quarterbacks. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Dual-threat quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Lamar Jackson could be 'the future of football'," 11 Sep. 2019 Amani Gilmore Kentucky’s second 2019 quarterback commitment came from three-star Louisiana prep star Amani Gilmore. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "A look at the QB turnover that paved the way for Sawyer Smith to start for Kentucky," 9 Sep. 2019 Like Wade, Hardaway also is a Chicago-area native and former prep basketball star who went on to great success in the NBA. Bob Goldsborough,, "Dwyane Wade’s former home in Matteson sells for $269,000 by ex-NBA player Tim Hardaway," 9 Sep. 2019 Our test scoot’s base sticker was set at $13,995, which could have dealer prep and handling charges added that are variable per dealer. Arv Voss, Houston Chronicle, "BMW C evolution: Maxi-scooter with non-liquid juice," 7 Sep. 2019 Like Quinnen Williams, McLendon was a prep and college standout in Alabama, playing at Carroll High School in Ozark and Troy. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Williams brothers set for simultaneous NFL debuts on Sunday," 7 Sep. 2019 When Stephanie arrived at the hospital, Underhill had already been sent to surgery prep. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "He was 30 and almost died playing cornhole at IMS; now he's back at track," 6 Sep. 2019 And yet the moving mother-daughter story at its core gives all the space-walk prep and zero gravity logistics a steady emotional grounding — one that builds to a powerful liftoff in the closing reel. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Proxima': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 6 Sep. 2019 The 44-year-old entrepreneur, who made millions running a test prep company, had zero political experience. Anthony Mason, CBS News, "Andrew Yang: "The American Dream is dying by the numbers"," 5 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Todd Gurley’s Hawaiian weekend likely will have to wait as Rams prep for Cowboys.... Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Dodgers continue to coast to the NL West title," 14 Aug. 2019 Harford, who had led travel site Orbitz Worldwide Inc., joined Khosrowshahi to help prep Uber for the IPO. Bloomberg,, "Uber’s operating and marketing chiefs exit in executive shakeup," 7 June 2019 Chef Roy Benningfield — the culinary director at Salt Bistro and Pepper the Noshery, both on Pearl Street in Boulder — swears by this dessert that happens to be easy to prep, too. Brittany Anas, The Know, "What Colorado’s top chefs cook when they go camping," 12 Aug. 2019 Sebring was flown to movie sets to prep the stars for camera. al, "Alabama born celebrity hairdresser died defending Sharon Tate from Manson Family," 9 Aug. 2019 Employee proceeded to prep food on cutting board without proper sanitization. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Expired salsa, potato salad, ham and habanero sauce among violations in this week's restaurant inspections," 26 June 2019 The other group, let by British guide Mark Thomas, instead went to prep the route to Nanda Devi East. Anna Callaghan, Outside Online, "Climbers Presumed Dead on Flanks of Nanda Devi East," 6 June 2019 José Lopez worked at Old Trieste for 49 years, starting as a dishwasher, moving up to prep cook and then to head chef for the past 30 years. San Diego Union-Tribune, "R.I.P. Old Trieste — Thank you for your service," 3 June 2019 Prep Is Key To get the smoothest application and longest wear, take a few extra seconds to properly prep your lips. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "The 10 Best Lipstick Tips Ever. Period.," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of prep


1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1909, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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The first known use of prep was in 1862

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English Language Learners Definition of prep

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

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\ ˈprep How to pronounce prep (audio) \

Medical Definition of prep

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the act or an instance of preparing a patient for a surgical operation the nurse had three preps to do
prepped; prepping

Medical Definition of prep (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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