- Prepare is defined as to make ready, put together or provide with what is needed.
- An example of to prepare is packing for a trip.
- An example of to prepare is making breakfast.
- An example of to prepare is getting a child the supplies they need for school.
- to make ready, usually for a specific purpose; make suitable; fit; adapt; train
- to make receptive; dispose; accustom: to prepare someone for bad news
- to equip or furnish with necessary provisions, accessories, etc.; fit out: to prepare an expedition
- to put together or make out of ingredients, parts, etc., or according to a plan or formula; compound: to prepare dinner or a medicine
- Music to use (a dissonant tone) in preparation
Origin: Middle English preparen from Middle French preparer from Classical Latin praeparare from prae-, before (see pre-) plush parare, to set inch(es) order, get ready, akin to parere, to bring forth, bear (see -parous)
- to make things ready
- to make oneself ready
- preparedly adverb
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verb pre·pared, pre·par·ing, pre·pares verb, transitive
- To make ready beforehand for a specific purpose, as for an event or occasion: The teacher prepared the students for the exams.
- To put together or make by combining various elements or ingredients; manufacture or compound: prepared a meal; prepared the lecture.
- To fit out; equip: prepared the ship for an arctic expedition.
- Music To lead up to and soften (a dissonance or its impact) by means of preparation.
- To make things or oneself ready.
- To study or complete a course of study at a preparatory school.
Origin: Middle English preparen, from Old French preparer, from Latin praeparāre : prae-, pre- + parāre, prepare, equip; see perə-1 in Indo-European roots.
- pre·parˈed·ly adverb
- pre·parˈer noun