- properly expectant, organized, or equipped; ready: prepared for a hurricane.
- (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 of prepared
- 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 prepared
He prepared operations south of Samarra and north of Baghdad.What an Iranian Funeral Tells Us About the Wars in Iraq
January 6, 2015
Luckily, Tor was prepared for this sort of assault, and has built-in defenses to protect against it.The Attack on the Hidden Internet
December 29, 2014
Divide batter into prepared ramekins, place ramekins on a baking sheet, and bake about 20 minutes.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Sticky Toffee Pudding
December 28, 2014
This can also be prepared a few days in advance and stored, covered, in the fridge.Carla Hall’s Christmas Day Treat: Rum Balls
December 25, 2014
I actually found it quite pleasurable, and it prepared me for this strange, gypsy lifestyle of an actor.Jena Malone’s Long, Strange Trip From Homelessness to Hollywood Stardom
December 22, 2014
All is prepared—the table and the feast— With due appurtenance of clothes and cushions.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
I don't think it will, mind, but it's best to be prepared, so give me the key.Brave and Bold
"Give this to Mr. Ware," she said to the stable boy as she prepared to get into the dog-cart.Viviette
William J. Locke
He was prepared to talk all night on the subject of Toddles.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
Could this be all the obstruction I was prepared to open a pass through?
- 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 prepared
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.