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[pri-paird] /prɪˈpɛərd/
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
1520-30; prepare + -ed2
Related forms
[pri-pair-id-lee, -paird-lee] /prɪˈpɛər ɪd li, -ˈpɛərd li/ (Show IPA),
self-prepared, adjective
superprepared, adjective
unprepared, adjective
unpreparedly, adverb
well-prepared, adjective


[pri-pair] /prɪˈpɛər/
verb (used with object), prepared, preparing.
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.
verb (used without object), prepared, preparing.
to put things or oneself in readiness; get ready:
to prepare for war.
1520-30; < Latin praeparāre to make ready beforehand, equivalent to prae- pre- + parāre to set, get ready (akin to parent)
Related forms
preparer, noun
reprepare, verb (used with object), reprepared, repreparing.
unpreparing, adjective
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.
1. disorganize. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • He was not prepared with any answer, though he hotly resented every word of her accusation.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Sprinkle it over, while moist, with a little of my prepared down.

  • Bert said no more, but shook hands all around, and then prepared to start on.

  • The rehearsal had not prepared her for anything so realistic, and she was annoyed.

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
  • Humphry then made him lie down in his bed, while he prepared some soup and other food.

    Alone on an Island W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for prepared


to make ready or suitable in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc: to prepare a meal, to prepare to go
to put together using parts or ingredients; compose or construct
(transitive) to equip or outfit, as for an expedition
(transitive) (music) to soften the impact of (a dissonant note) by the use of preparation
(foll by an infinitive) be prepared, to be willing and able (to do something): I'm not prepared to reveal these figures
Derived Forms
preparer, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin praeparāre, from prae before + parāre to make ready
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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