- preparatory school.
- a preliminary or warm-up activity or event; trial run: The race is a good prep for the Kentucky Derby.
- preparation: dealer prep on the car included.
- the act of preparing a patient for a medical or surgical procedure.
- preparatory: a prep school.
- involving or used for preparation: the mortuary's prep room.
- to prepare (a person) for a test, debate, etc.
- to prepare (a patient) for a medical or surgical procedure, as by shaving and washing the skin with an antibacterial soap.
- to prepare (a vehicle or craft) for sale, use, a test drive, or a race.
- to prepare; get ready: to prep for the game.
- to attend a preparatory school.
Origin of prep
First recorded in 1860–65; by shortening
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Examples from the Web for prepped
The local hospital, in the nearby town of Reading, has been prepped in case of any emergency.The Disappearance of Kate Middleton
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The Chinese team, prepped, fed, and polished, was hungry for victory.How to Hide a Famine with Ping-Pong
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Has he prepped well enough to carry his debating advantage into weaker terrain—the debate on foreign policy?Was That Obama’s Dud Double Who Lost the Debate to Romney?
October 4, 2012
From a young age, Mormon children are prepped to take on these leadership roles.Mitt Romney on Mormon Baptisms of the Dead: ‘I Haven’t Recently’
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February 16, 2012
Tonight, by contrast, it was as though he had prepped for the showdown by doing several lines of coke backstage.Republican Debate: Does Gingrich Have Romney Spooked?
December 11, 2011
- (tr) to prepare (a patient) for a medical operation or procedure
Word Origin and History for prepped
slang shortening of prepare, 1908. Related: Prepped; prepping.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To prepare for a medical examination or surgical procedure.
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