Definition of prepare in English:


Line breaks: pre|pare
Pronunciation: /prɪˈpɛː


[with object]
  • 1Make (something) ready for use or consideration: prepare a brief summary of the article
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    • The research team is currently preparing manuscripts for consideration.
    • Officials are currently preparing advice for consideration by the Government in the very near future.
    • As a result of those select committee considerations, reports are prepared that are tabled in the House.
    make ready, get ready, put together, draw up, produce, arrange, develop, assemble, construct, compose, edit, devise, work out, think up, conceive, formulate, concoct, fashion, work up, lay
  • 1.1 (as adjective prepared) Created in advance; pre-planned: the spokesman was reading a prepared statement
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    • I had prepared a few words for my 45-second statement, and one of the guys typed it into their system - I don't know what he made of it.
    • On this special occasion, the trimaran's skipper had prepared a few words in German for the local audience.
    • "Adolescents are not passive," the study author and sociology professor said in a prepared statement.
  • 1.2Make (food or a meal) ready for cooking or eating: she was busy preparing lunch
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    • Without a refrigerator or stove, and perhaps only a hot plate to prepare meals, food choices are expensive and generally not very nutritious.
    • The Meath man even showed his cooking skills when he prepared a meal for the judges in the early hours of Monday morning.
    • Reading food labels and preparing your own meals with herbs and spices instead of salt can make a big difference.
    cook, make, get, put together, assemble, muster, dish up, concoct, blend, infuse, brew
    informal fix, rustle up
    British informal knock up
  • 1.3Make (a substance) by a chemical reaction or series of reactions: alkanes may be prepared by the removal of carbon dioxide from the corresponding carboxylic acid
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    • Formic acid is prepared commercially by heating carbon monoxide and sodium hydroxide to form sodium formate.
    • He continued to work productively, analysing the chemistry of chlorine bleaches and preparing hypochlorous acid and chlorine monoxide for the first time.
    • His ink was prepared from the soot of lamp black mixed with water.
  • 3 Music (In conventional harmony) lead up to (a discord) by means of preparation.



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  • This is true even if your friend is a professional actress who relishes the opportunity to play the role of a helpful tax preparer.
  • Different financial statement preparers may develop different methods of determining fair value, resulting in similar financial instruments being valued differently.
  • Most of the workers, such as nursing assistants or food preparers, ‘have no educational credentials beyond a high school diploma,’ the authors found.


late Middle English: from French préparer or Latin praeparare, from prae 'before' + parare 'make ready'.

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