• Prepare


    • UK IPA: /pɹɪˈpɛː/
    • GenAm IPA: /pɹɪˈpɛəɹ/, /pɹəˈpɛəɹ/


    From Middle French preparer, from Classical Latin praeparāre ("make ready in advance"), from prae- ("pre-") + parāre ("make ready").

    Full definition of prepare


    1. (transitive) To make ready for a specific future purpose; to set up; to assemble.
      We prepared the spacecraft for takeoff.
      • Bible, Psalms cvii. 36that they may prepare a city for habitation
      • Drydenour souls, not yet prepared for upper light
    2. (transitive) To make ready for eating or drinking; to cook.
      We prepared a fish for dinner.
    3. (intransitive) To make oneself ready; to get ready, make preparation.
      • 1963, Margery Allingham, The China Governess Chapter 19, As soon as Julia returned with a constable, Timothy, who was on the point of exhaustion, prepared to give over to him gratefully. The newcomer turned out to be a powerful youngster, fully trained and eager to help, and he stripped off his tunic at once.
    4. We prepared for a bumpy ride.
    5. (transitive) To produce or make by combining elements; to synthesize, compound.
      She prepared a meal from what was left in the cupboards.

    Usage notes

    This is a catenative verb that can take a following verb in its to + infinitive form. See



    1. (obsolete) preparation
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