June 05, 2017
Learner's Word of the Day
prepare /prɪˈpeɚ/ verb
prepare
/prɪˈpeɚ/
verb

prepares; prepared; preparing

The student is preparing for an exam.
The student is preparing for an exam.
Learner's definition of PREPARE

1 a [+ object] : to make (someone or something) ready for some activity, purpose, use, etc.

  • The teacher prepared the students for the test.

  • Your room is being prepared now and should be ready soon.

  • The nurses prepared the patient for surgery.

  • Farmers are busy preparing the soil for planting.

b : to make yourself ready for something that you will be doing, something that you expect to happen, etc.

[no object]

  • They'll be arriving soon. We don't have much more time to prepare.

— often + for

  • We don't have much more time to prepare for their arrival.

  • He prepares for games by studying tapes of the opposing team.

  • At this time of year, most animals are preparing for winter.

[+ object]

  • We don't have much more time to prepare ourselves for their arrival.

  • She tried to prepare herself for bad news.

  • The sailors are preparing themselves for a long voyage.

2 [+ object] : to make or create (something) so that it is ready for use

  • She prepared [=made] dinner.

  • Prepare a salad.

  • He prepared [=wrote] a report for his boss.

  • The pharmacist prepared the prescription.

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