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Definition of "prepare" []

  • To make ready beforehand for a specific purpose, as for an event or occasion: The teacher prepared the students for the exams. (verb-transitive)
  • To put together or make by combining various elements or ingredients; manufacture or compound: prepared a meal; prepared the lecture. (verb-transitive)
  • To fit out; equip: prepared the ship for an arctic expedition. (verb-transitive)
  • Music To lead up to and soften (a dissonance or its impact) by means of preparation. (verb-transitive)
  • To make things or oneself ready. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "prepare" in a sentence
  • "They also completely avoid using the word Ikhwan in their literature along with the recognisable symbol of a green circle featuring two crossed swords with a Quran on top and the word 'prepare yourselves' underneath."
  • "The GAO Report notes that 15 out of the 22 states that have e-filing requirements for preparers use either the word "prepare" alone, or "prepare or file," in their requirements."
  • "The food they prepare is delivered to about 4,500 people in need each day."