- 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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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.
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- 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
C15: from Latin praeparāre, from prae before + parāre to make ready
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Word Origin and History for reprepared
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.
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