follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: A Guide to the Comma

prepared

[pri-paird] /prɪˈpɛərd/
adjective
1.
properly expectant, organized, or equipped; ready:
prepared for a hurricane.
2.
(of food) processed by the manufacturer or seller, by cooking, cleaning, or the like, so as to be ready to serve or use with little or no further preparation.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; prepare + -ed2
Related forms
preparedly
[pri-pair-id-lee, -paird-lee] /prɪˈpɛər ɪd li, -ˈpɛərd li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
self-prepared, adjective
superprepared, adjective
unprepared, adjective
unpreparedly, adverb
well-prepared, adjective

prepare

[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
1520-30; < 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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for prepared
  • We nuke prepared dishes rather than growing our own food and machine-wash ready-made clothes rather than sewing and scrubbing.
  • Being ready and prepared will have big effects to the interview.
  • Candidates should be prepared to teach a full range of undergraduate courses.
  • With a putty knife, take a little of the prepared mix and press it down into seams covered with mesh.
  • Now, there's a new wave of reconnaissance bots being prepared for combat.
  • Many also said their high school had not prepared them for college work.
  • Employers are prepared to pay higher wages to those that meet those standards.
  • As a result the city was ill prepared for the unexpected quake.
  • But there was scant evidence for how it was prepared and handled.
  • We've prepared a special birthday menu of past posts to peruse.
British Dictionary definitions for prepared

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for prepared

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for prepared

All English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for prepared

13
15
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with prepared