prepare

[pri-pair]

verb (used with object), pre·pared, pre·par·ing.

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), pre·pared, pre·par·ing.

to put things or oneself in readiness; get ready: to prepare for war.

Nearby words

  1. preparative,
  2. preparatively,
  3. preparator,
  4. preparatory,
  5. preparatory school,
  6. prepared,
  7. prepared piano,
  8. preparedness,
  9. preparental,
  10. prepatellar bursitis

Origin of prepare

1520–30; < Latin praeparāre to make ready beforehand, equivalent to prae- pre- + parāre to set, get ready (akin to parent)

SYNONYMS FOR prepare
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.

Related formspre·par·er, nounre·pre·pare, verb (used with object), re·pre·pared, re·pre·par·ing.un·pre·par·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for prepare

prepare

verb

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
Derived Formspreparer, noun

Word Origin for prepare

C15: from Latin praeparāre, from prae before + parāre to make ready

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Word Origin and History for prepare

prepare

v.

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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