- 1 [transitive] to make something or somebody ready to be used or to do something prepare something/somebody to prepare a report prepare something/somebody for somebody/something A hotel room is being prepared for them. The college prepares students for a career in business.
- 2 [intransitive, transitive] to make yourself ready to do something or for something that you expect to happen I had no time to prepare. prepare for something The whole class is working hard preparing for the exams. prepare yourself (for something) The police are preparing themselves for trouble at the demonstration. I had been preparing myself for this moment. Her condition is not improving as we hoped. You must prepare yourselves for the worst. prepare to do something I was preparing to leave. prepare yourself to do something The troops prepared themselves to go into battle. More Like This Verbs usually followed by infinitives afford, agree, appear, arrange, attempt, beg, choose, consent, decide, expect, fail, happen, hesitate, hope, intend, learn, manage, mean, neglect, offer, prepare, pretend, promise, refuse, swear, try, want, wishSee worksheet.
- 3 [transitive] prepare something to make food ready to be eaten He was in the kitchen preparing lunch. See related entries: Preparing food
- 4[transitive] prepare something (from something) to make a medicine or chemical substance, for example by mixing other substances together remedies prepared from herbal extracts Word Origin late Middle English: from French préparer or Latin praeparare, from prae
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BrE BrE//prɪˈpeə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈper//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prepare
BrE BrE//prɪˈpeə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈper//he / she / it prepares
BrE BrE//prɪˈpeəz//; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈperz//past simple prepared
BrE BrE//prɪˈpeəd//; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈperd//past participle prepared
BrE BrE//prɪˈpeəd//; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈperd//-ing form preparing
BrE BrE//prɪˈpeərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈperɪŋ//Preparing food