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prepare

Verb

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]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From Middle French préparer, from classical Latin praeparāre ‘make ready in advance’, from prae- ‘pre-’ + parāre ‘make ready’.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) /pɹɪˈpɛː/
  • (US) /pɻiˈpɛ(ə)ɻ/, /pɻəˈpɛ(ə)ɻ/

Verb

  1. To make ready for a specific future purpose.
    We prepared the spacecraft for takeoff.
  2. To make ready for eating or drinking; to cook.
    We prepared a fish for dinner.
  3. To make oneself ready; to get ready, make preparation.
    We prepared for a bumpy ride.
  4. To produce or make by combining elements; to synthesize, compound.
    She prepared a meal from what was left in the cupboards.

Usage notes

Translations

to make ready for a specific future purpose
to make ready for eating or drinking
to make oneself ready
to produce by combining elements

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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