1 make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc; "Get the children ready for school!"; "prepare for war"; "I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill" [syn: fix, set up, ready, gear up, set]
2 prepare for eating by applying heat; "Cook me dinner, please"; "can you make me an omelette?"; "fix breakfast for the guests, please" [syn: cook, fix, ready, make]
3 to prepare verbally, either for written or spoken delivery; "prepare a report"; "prepare a speech"
4 arrange by systematic planning and united effort; "machinate a plot"; "organize a strike"; "devise a plan to take over the director's office" [syn: organize, organise, devise, get up, machinate]
5 prepare (someone) for a future role or function; "He is grooming his son to become his successor"; "The prince was prepared to become King one day"; "They trained him to be a warrior" [syn: groom, train]
6 create by training and teaching; "The old master is training world-class violinists"; "we develop the leaders for the future" [syn: train, develop, educate]
7 lead up to and soften by sounding the dissonant note in it as a consonant note in the preceding chord; "prepare the discord in bar 139"
8 undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession; "She is training to be a teacher"; "He trained as a legal aid" [syn: train]
EtymologyFrom Middle French préparer, from classical Latin praeparāre ‘make ready in advance’, from prae- ‘pre-’ + parāre ‘make ready’.
- (UK) /pɹɪˈpɛː/
- (US) /pɻiˈpɛ(ə)ɻ/, /pɻəˈpɛ(ə)ɻ/
- To make ready for a
- We prepared the spacecraft for takeoff.
- To make ready for eating or drinking; to cook.
- We prepared a fish for dinner.
- To make oneself
ready; to get ready, make preparation.
- We prepared for a bumpy ride.
- To produce or make by combining elements; to synthesize, compound.
- She prepared a meal from what was left in the cupboards.
to make ready for a specific future purpose
- Chinese: 准备 (zhǔnbèi)
- Czech: připravit
- Dutch: voorbereiden
- Finnish: valmistella
- French: préparer
- German: vorbereiten
- Hungarian: előkészíteni, elkészíteni
- Italian: preparare
- Japanese: 準備する (じゅんびする, jumbi suru)
- Korean: 준비하다 (junbihada), 마견하다 (maryeonhada)
- Portuguese: preparar
- Russian: готовить (gotóvit’), подготовить (podgotóvit’)
- Spanish: preparar
- Swedish: förbereda
to make ready for eating or drinking
to make oneself ready
to produce by combining elements
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