What does prepare mean?

Definitions for prepare

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word prepare.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fix, prepare, set up, ready, gear up, setverb

    make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc

    "Get the children ready for school!"; "prepare for war"; "I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill"

  2. cook, fix, ready, make, prepareverb

    prepare for eating by applying heat

    "Cook me dinner, please"; "can you make me an omelette?"; "fix breakfast for the guests, please"

  3. prepareverb

    to prepare verbally, either for written or spoken delivery

    "prepare a report"; "prepare a speech"

  4. organize, organise, prepare, devise, get up, machinateverb

    arrange by systematic planning and united effort

    "machinate a plot"; "organize a strike"; "devise a plan to take over the director's office"

  5. prepare, groom, trainverb

    educate for a future role or function

    "He is grooming his son to become his successor"; "The prince was prepared to become King one day"; "They trained him to be a warrior"

  6. train, develop, prepare, educateverb

    create by training and teaching

    "The old master is training world-class violinists"; "we develop the leaders for the future"

  7. prepareverb

    lead up to and soften by sounding the dissonant note in it as a consonant note in the preceding chord

    "prepare the discord in bar 139"

  8. train, prepareverb

    undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession

    "She is training to be a teacher"; "He trained as a legal aid"


  1. prepareverb

    To make ready for a specific future purpose; to set up; to assemble.

    We prepared the spacecraft for takeoff.

  2. prepareverb

    To make ready for eating or drinking; to cook.

    We prepared a fish for dinner.

  3. prepareverb

    To make oneself ready; to get ready, make preparation.

    We prepared for a bumpy ride.

  4. prepareverb

    To produce or make by combining elements; to synthesize, compound.

    She prepared a meal from what was left in the cupboards.

  5. Etymology: From preparer, from Classical praeparare, from prae- + parare.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Preparenoun

    Preparation; previous measures. Not in use.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    In our behalf
    Go levy men, and make prepare for war. William Shakespeare.

  2. To PREPAREverb

    Etymology: præpare, Lat. preparer, Fr.

    Patient Octavia, plough thy visage up
    With her prepared nails. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleop.

    Confound the peace establish’d, and prepare
    Their souls to hatred, and their hands to war. Dryden.

    Our souls, not yet prepar’d for upper light,
    Till doomsday wander in the shades of night. Dryden.

    The beams of light had been in vain display’d,
    Had not the eye been fit for vision made;
    In vain the author had the eye prepar’d
    With so much skill, had not the light appear’d. Richard Blackmore.

    Some preachers, being prepared only upon two or three points of doctrine, run the same round. Addison.

    There he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation. Psalm cviii. 36.

    Now prepare thee for another fight. John Milton.

    He took the golden compasses, prepar’d
    In God’s eternal store, to circumscribe
    This universe. John Milton.

    The woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God to feed her. Rev. xii. 6.

    He hath founded it upon the seas, and prepared it upon the floods. Psalm xxiv. 2.

  3. To Prepareverb

    Efficacy is a power of speech, which represents to our minds the lively ideas of things so truly, as if we saw them with our eyes; as Dido preparing to kill herself. Henry Peacham.

    Go in, sirrah, bid them prepare for dinner. William Shakespeare.

    The long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing. 1 Peter iii. 2.



    PREPARE is an acronym for the European Union's Platform for European Preparedness Against (Re-)emerging Epidemics. The coordinator is professor Herman Goossens of the University of Antwerp. It was activated on 31 December 2019 in response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and as of February 2020 was operating in outbreak response mode 2 (mobilisation), the second of three modes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prepareverb

    to fit, adapt, or qualify for a particular purpose or condition; to make ready; to put into a state for use or application; as, to prepare ground for seed; to prepare a lesson

  2. Prepareverb

    to procure as suitable or necessary; to get ready; to provide; as, to prepare ammunition and provisions for troops; to prepare ships for defence; to prepare an entertainment

  3. Prepareverb

    to make all things ready; to put things in order; as, to prepare for a hostile invasion

  4. Prepareverb

    to make one's self ready; to get ready; to take the necessary previous measures; as, to prepare for death

  5. Preparenoun


Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prepare

    prē-pār′, v.t. to make ready beforehand: to fit for any purpose: to make ready for use: to adapt: to form: to set or appoint: to provide: to equip.—v.i. to get one's self ready: to put everything in proper order: to lead up to.—n. (Shak.) preparation.—adj. Prepared′, made ready, fit, or suitable: ready.—adv. Prepā′redly.—ns. Prepā′redness; Prepā′rer. [Fr.,—L. præparārepræ, before, parāre, to make ready.]

Editors Contribution

  1. prepare

    To create or make.

    They did prepare the food in advance of the birthday party.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 19, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prepare' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3286

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prepare' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3654

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prepare' in Verbs Frequency: #207

Anagrams for prepare »

  1. paperer

  2. repaper

  3. perpera

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prepare in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prepare in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of prepare in a Sentence

  1. Novak Djokovic:

    I'm in love with the game and it's not difficult to prepare myself in the off season and to set new goals.

  2. Wasco Mayor Alex Garcia:

    My heart goes out to the families of both Kern County Sheriff Deputies. Nothing can prepare us for tragedies such as these, in an instant our lives can change forever. I pray that God surrounds these families with his love and gives them the strength to make it through this devastating time.

  3. Clay Higgins:

    I'm not quite sure some of you are connected to reality, ma'am, good lady, please prepare your mind'cause I'm gon na' ask you three questions. I'm going to give you most of my time. I think it's good that America hears what you have to say.

  4. Tim Albrecht:

    If that doesn't prepare you for the craziness in Washington, D.C., I don't know what would.

  5. Yoon Duk-yeo:

    Our players had some good chances but the end result is a loss and we need to accept that, we will have pick ourselves up and prepare for our third match. We won't give up until it's over.

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Translations for prepare

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  • حضر, جهزArabic
  • падрыхтава́ць, рыхтава́ць, прыгатава́ць, гатава́цьBelarusian
  • подго́твям се, подго́твям, приго́твямBulgarian
  • připravit, chystatCzech
  • tilberede, beredeDanish
  • zubereiten, vorbereitenGerman
  • προετοιμά, προετοιμάζωGreek
  • pretigi, prepariEsperanto
  • prepararSpanish
  • valmistautua, valmistella, valmistaaFinnish
  • se préparer, préparerFrench
  • ullmhaighIrish
  • הכין, התכונןHebrew
  • तैयार करनाHindi
  • felkészül, készül, előkészít, előkészül, elkészítHungarian
  • պատրաստվել, պատրաստելArmenian
  • preparare, prepararsiItalian
  • 準備Japanese
  • 마견하다, 준비하다Korean
  • parōLatin
  • gatavoties, gatavot, taisītLatvian
  • taute, whakareri, takaMāori
  • voorbereiden, preparerenDutch
  • tilberedeNorwegian
  • przygotowaćPolish
  • fazer, [[preparar]]-[[se]], prepararPortuguese
  • pregăti, preparaRomanian
  • подгото́вить, гото́виться, подгото́виться, пригото́вить, гото́витьRussian
  • прѝправити, prìpraviti, припре́мити, spremiti, priprémiti, priréditiSerbo-Croatian
  • pripraviť, pripravovaťSlovak
  • pripraviti, pripravljatiSlovene
  • förberedaSwedish
  • andaaSwahili
  • sofra kurmak, hazırlamak, hazırlanmakTurkish
  • готува́ти, підготува́ти, приготува́тиUkrainian
  • تیار کرناUrdu
  • chuẩn bịVietnamese
  • 准备Chinese

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