unprepared

adjective
un·​pre·​pared | \ ˌən-pri-ˈperd How to pronounce unprepared (audio) \

Definition of unprepared

: not prepared was unprepared for class … they were woefully unprepared to take on the responsibilities expected of them.— Richard M. Ketchum

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Other Words from unprepared

unpreparedness \ ˌən-​pri-​ˈper-​əd-​nəs How to pronounce unprepared (audio) also  -​ˈperd-​nəs \ noun

Examples of unprepared in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No one is going to come to the Olympics and catch a Katie Ledecky unprepared. Paul Newberry, Anchorage Daily News, 26 July 2021 No one is going to come to the Olympics and catch a Katie Ledecky unprepared. Paul Newberry, ajc, 26 July 2021 No one is going to come to the Olympics and catch a Katie Ledecky unprepared. NBC News, 26 July 2021 No one is going to come to the Olympics and catch a Katie Ledecky unprepared. Paul Newberry, Star Tribune, 25 July 2021 As the new rule came into effect Wednesday, tourists visiting the Paris landmark unprepared lined up for quick virus tests at the site. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 22 July 2021 Another is the near-certainty that TV interviewers will come to the set utterly unprepared to ask their guests searching questions. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2021 Finally, why were the Capitol Police and their partner security forces so utterly undermanned and unprepared? Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 15 July 2021 That left automakers unprepared when the economy, and buyers, came roaring back. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 14 July 2021

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First Known Use of unprepared

1528, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unprepared was in 1528

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28 Jul 2021

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“Unprepared.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unprepared. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for unprepared

unprepared

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unprepared

: not ready to deal with something : not prepared

unprepared

adjective
un·​pre·​pared | \ ˌən-pri-ˈperd \

Kids Definition of unprepared

: not being or made ready

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Nglish: Translation of unprepared for Spanish Speakers

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