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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 prepare
  • Nightmares evolved to help us cope with bad feelings and prepare for the day ahead.
  • As you prepare your answers to typical interview questions, consider the talking points you want to convey.
  • So any technocratic caretaker should prepare for urgent elections that could produce a government for reform.
  • Most floods take hours or even days to develop, giving residents ample time to prepare or evacuate.
  • To prepare the geoduck for cooking, start by inserting a paring knife between the shell and the body at the base of the neck.
  • Though ground covers are tough, they'll grow and spread more quickly if you prepare the planting area carefully.
  • The heat and pace of the playa may sap your desire to prepare full meals once you get there.
  • prepare the soup: in a medium sauté pan fitted with a lid, heat the oil over medium heat.
  • But what you do during the interview itself probably isn't as important as what you're doing right now to prepare.
  • It has the advantage of being able to think ahead, and to prepare for the changes to come.
British Dictionary definitions for prepare

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 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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