Origin: 1520–30; Related forms
< Latin praeparāre
to make ready beforehand, equivalent to prae- pre-
to set, get ready (akin to parent
reprepare, verb (used with object), reprepared, repreparing.
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.