pre·​pared pri-ˈperd How to pronounce prepared (audio)
: subjected to a special process or treatment
pri-ˈperd-lē How to pronounce prepared (audio)

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Its adversary has long been woefully ill-prepared for any such scenario. David A. Andelman, CNN, 26 Jan. 2023 During his prepared remarks, Nadella did not address the ongoing legal battle aside from noting that the company is still seeking to close the deal during this fiscal year. J. Clara Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Jan. 2023 The American president read his prepared remarks and then looked up at López Obrador. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2023 Hayden said at the ceremony, according to a copy of his prepared remarks. Tonya Alanez,, 9 Jan. 2023 Peart forged ahead, rushing to get through his prepared remarks before his two minutes elapsed. Greg Jaffe, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Jan. 2023 The money, which is to be disbursed to local governments for opioid addiciton prevention and treatment, could begin flowing into communities as soon as the end of the month, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a prepared statement. Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press, 13 Jan. 2023 Plano Parks & Recreation has built a reputation for excellence over the years partly due to its history of quality aquatic classes, Director Ron Smith said in a prepared statement. Dallas News, 11 Jan. 2023 Dan Hart, Virgin Orbit's chief executive officer, said in a prepared statement. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 10 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


from past participle of prepare

First Known Use

1663, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prepared was in 1663

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“Prepared.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


: treated with a special process : given a special treatment

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