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[pri-pair] /prɪˈpɛər/
verb (used with object), prepared, preparing.
1.
to put in proper condition or readiness:
to prepare a patient for surgery.
2.
to get (a meal) ready for eating, as by proper assembling, cooking, etc.
3.
to manufacture, compound, or compose:
to prepare a cough syrup.
4.
Music. to lead up to (a discord, an embellishment, etc.) by some preliminary tone or tones.
verb (used without object), prepared, preparing.
5.
to put things or oneself in readiness; get ready:
to prepare for war.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin praeparāre to make ready beforehand, equivalent to prae- pre- + parāre to set, get ready (akin to parent)
Related forms
preparer, noun
reprepare, verb (used with object), reprepared, repreparing.
unpreparing, adjective
Synonyms
1. provide, arrange, order. Prepare, contrive, devise imply planning for and making ready for something expected or thought possible. To prepare is to make ready beforehand for some approaching event, need, and the like: to prepare a room, a speech. Contrive and devise emphasize the exercise of ingenuity and inventiveness. The first word suggests a shrewdness that borders on trickery, but this is absent from devise : to contrive a means of escape; to devise a time-saving method. 3. make.
Antonyms
1. disorganize.
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Examples from the web for preparing
  • IN preparing bread for sandwiches, cut slices as thinly as possible, and remove crusts.
  • At the time the ovule is ripening, the womb is preparing to receive it.
  • He always worked without a net, believing that preparing for disaster only made one more likely to occur.
  • Even as a new product is being launched, its manufacturer should be preparing for the day when it has to be killed off.
  • It is preparing to let foreigners buy property in tourist zones.
  • Hence the contorted spectacle of a party preparing for power at a time when the markets are challenging its every orthodoxy.
  • There was also no shortage of natural disasters preparing to strike at any time, from hurricanes to earthquakes.
  • The government is preparing for the monsoon, digging ditches and improving latrines.
  • Today's high unemployment may also be preparing the ground for more efficient processes.
  • In many parts of the world, cities are on the forefront of preparing for a climate-changed future.
British Dictionary definitions for preparing

prepare

/prɪˈpɛə/
verb
1.
to make ready or suitable in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc: to prepare a meal, to prepare to go
2.
to put together using parts or ingredients; compose or construct
3.
(transitive) to equip or outfit, as for an expedition
4.
(transitive) (music) to soften the impact of (a dissonant note) by the use of preparation
5.
(foll by an infinitive) be prepared, to be willing and able (to do something): I'm not prepared to reveal these figures
Derived Forms
preparer, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin praeparāre, from prae before + parāre to make ready
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Word Origin and History for preparing

prepare

v.

mid-15c., a back formation from preparation and in part from Middle French preparer (14c.), from Latin praeparare "make ready beforehand" (see preparation). Related: Prepared; preparing. Be prepared as the Boy Scouts' motto is attested from 1911.

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