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Definition of prepare verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    prepare

     verb
    verb
    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
     
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  1. 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. 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. 3  [transitive] prepare something to make food ready to be eaten He was in the kitchen preparing lunch. See related entries: Preparing food
  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. Word Origin late Middle English: from French préparer or Latin praeparare, from prae ‘before’ + parare ‘make ready’.Extra examples How do you go about mentally preparing yourself for a project? I haven’t had time to prepare my arguments properly. I was busily preparing a salad for the evening meal. Just prepare according to package directions. Penn needs to prepare for a medical school interview. The course is designed to prepare graduates for management careers. The family are preparing for the worst. The lectures were carefully prepared. We all set about preparing for the party. a meal that is very quick and easy to prepare a table full of specially prepared food the chicken casserole I had so lovingly prepared for her Her condition is not improving as we had hoped. You must prepare yourselves for the worst. I’ve asked her to prepare a report for the meeting. She had prepared a chicken casserole for dinner. The committee will prepare the ground for next month’s meeting. The remedies are all prepared from wild flowers. The whole class is preparing for the exams. The women were busy preparing the wedding feast. to prepare students for examsIdioms
    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 next month's meeting. Early experiments with rockets prepared the ground for space travel.
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