Prepare - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |prɪˈper|  American pronunciation of the word prepare
Brit.  |prɪˈpeə|  British pronunciation of the word prepare


- make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc (syn: fix, gear up, ready, set, set up)
prepare for war
- prepare for eating by applying heat (syn: cook, fix, make, ready)
- to prepare verbally, either for written or spoken delivery
prepare a report
prepare a speech
- arrange by systematic planning and united effort (syn: devise, get up, machinate, organize)
- educate for a future role or function (syn: groom, train)
The prince was prepared to become King one day
- create by training and teaching (syn: develop, educate, train)
- 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
- undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession (syn: train)

Extra examples

The teacher prepared the students for the test.

Your room is being prepared now and should be ready soon.

The nurses prepared the patient for surgery.

Farmers are busy preparing the soil for planting.

They'll be arriving soon. We don't have much more time to prepare.

We don't have much more time to prepare ourselves for their arrival.

She tried to prepare herself for bad news.

The sailors are preparing themselves for a long voyage.

The pharmacist prepared the prescription.

The players are prepared to play a tough game.

I'm preparing a speech for the meeting on Thursday.

The meal took two hours to prepare.

You'd better prepare for mother's arrival.

We should prepare for a time of troubles.

You need to prepare yourself for a long wait.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: prepare
he/she/it: prepares
present participle: preparing
past tense: prepared
past participle: prepared
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