verb /pɹɪˈpɛː,pɹɪˈpɛ(ə)ɹ,pɻiˈpɛ(ə)ɻ,pɻəˈpɛ(ə)ɻ/
a) To make ready for a specific future purpose.

We prepared the spacecraft for takeoff.

b) To make ready for eating or drinking; to cook.

We prepared a fish for dinner.

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  • prepare — prepare, fit, qualify, condition, ready are comparable when they mean to make someone or something ready. Prepare is the most inclusive of these terms; it implies a process, often a complicated process, involving a making ready, a getting ready,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Prepare — Pre*pare , v. i. 1. To make all things ready; to put things in order; as, to prepare for a hostile invasion. Bid them prepare for dinner. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To make one s self ready; to get ready; to take the necessary previous measures; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prepare — [prē par′, pripar′] vt. prepared, preparing [ME preparen < MFr preparer < L praeparare < prae , before (see PRE ) + parare, to set in order, get ready, akin to parere, to bring forth, bear (see PAROUS)] 1. to make ready, usually for a… …   English World dictionary

  • Prepare — Pre*pare , n. Preparation. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • prepare — (v.) mid 15c., from M.Fr. preparer, from L. praeparare (see PREPARATION (Cf. preparation)). Slang shortening prep is from 1927. Related: Prepared; preparing …   Etymology dictionary

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