• (RP) IPA: /pɹɪˈpɛə/
  • (America) IPA: /pɹɪˈpɛəɹ/, /pɹəˈpɛəɹ/

prepare (prepares, present participle preparing; past and past participle prepared)

  1. (transitive) To make ready for a specific future purpose; to set up; to assemble or equip.
    We prepared the spacecraft for takeoff.
    • Bible, Psalms cvii. 36
      that they may prepare a city for habitation
    • our souls, not yet prepared for upper light
  2. (transitive) To make ready for eating or drinking; to cook.
    We prepared a fish for dinner.
  3. (intransitive) To make oneself ready; to get ready, make preparation.
    We prepared for a bumpy ride.
  4. (transitive) To produce or make by combining elements; to synthesize, compound.
    She prepared a meal from what was left in the cupboards.
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  1. (obsolete) preparation
    • 1595, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 3, IV. i. 130:
      Go levy men, and make prepare for war;

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