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pre·pare

prepare

 
 
pronunciation:
prih peIr
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: prepares, preparing, prepared
definition 1: to make ready.
The servants prepared the dining room for the evening meal.The editor is preparing the manuscript for publication.With great determination, she prepared the students to do well on the exam.[verb + smby/smth + infinitive ]
synonyms:
prime, ready
similar words:
arrange, break in, condition, equip, fix, get, lay, make, mount, prep, qualify, set
definition 2: to make or produce by combining various elements.
When I prepare Thanksgiving dinner, I'm in the kitchen all day long.The chef prepared them a feast.[verb + object + object ] I got the stones ready while he prepared the cement.
similar words:
blend, concoct, fabricate, fix, make, manufacture, process, produce, whip up
definition 3: to compose, usu. for a particular occasion.
She'd prepared a short speech for the occasion.The professor is preparing his lecture for next week.
synonyms:
compose
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to make things or oneself ready.
He prepared for this recital for months.The situation is serious, and we should prepare for the worst.She was preparing to leave when the telephone rang.[verb + infinitive ] He knew how ill he was, and he was preparing to die.[verb + infinitive ]
similar words:
arrange, gear up, provide, psych up
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derivations: prepared (adj.), preparer (n.)
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  • prepared1:
    already made.
  • prepared2:
    ready.
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