- 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.
- to put things or oneself in readiness; get ready: to prepare for war.
Origin of prepare
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Examples from the Web for prepare
Prepare a large bowl with water and ice along with a strainer.Make Carla Hall’s Crispy Shallot Green Bean Casserole
December 27, 2014
Hitchcock's going on about English pork butchers and how best to prepare pork cracklings.
One morning I arrive about nine to prepare for our morning meeting.
Prepare for takeoff, because quality vacation time will certainly boost your mood.
After all, you prepare your home, car, garden and other things for the seasonal change, so why not your body?
"Then prepare to be greeted with an icy blast," predicted Emma.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
So prepare to go to your uncle's for an early day in next week.
Her father's angry letter, ordering her to prepare for her wedding-day.
One purpose of this introduction is to prepare the reader for such a shock.The Conquest of Fear
Prepare the pumpkin as directed in Art. 65 and add the milk to it.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
- to make ready or suitable in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etcto prepare a meal; to prepare to go
- to put together using parts or ingredients; compose or construct
- (tr) to equip or outfit, as for an expedition
- (tr) music to soften the impact of (a dissonant note) by the use of preparation
- be prepared (foll by an infinitive) to be willing and able (to do something)I'm not prepared to reveal these figures
Word Origin and History for prepare
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.