American English

Definition of prepare verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prepare
    he / she / it prepares
    past simple prepared
    -ing form preparing
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  1. 1[transitive] to make something or someone 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. 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 test. 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.
  3. 3[transitive] prepare something to make food ready to be eaten He was in the kitchen preparing lunch.
  4. 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
  5. Idioms
    prepare the ground (for something)
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    to make it possible or easier for something to be achieved The committee will prepare the ground for further investigation of the issue.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: prepare