verb (used with object)
to put in proper condition or readiness:
to prepare a patient for surgery.
to get (a meal) ready for eating, as by proper assembling, cooking, etc.
to manufacture, compound, or compose:
to prepare a cough syrup.
Music. to lead up to (a discord, an embellishment, etc.) by some preliminary tone or tones.
< Latin praeparāre
to make ready beforehand, equivalent to prae- pre-
to set, get ready (akin to parent
preparer, nounreprepare, verb (used with object), reprepared, repreparing.unpreparing, adjective
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
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.