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Prepare appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • One camera per prison?… O Sir, prepare mace, no?
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The word prepare is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the verb prepare

What does prepare mean as a doing word?

Prepare is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: prepared | preparing | prepares

  1. make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
    • example: prepare for war
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of prepare: fix / gear up / ready / set / set up
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
    • more specific terms:
      • socialise / socialize = prepare for social life
      • provide = take measures in preparation for
      • cram = prepare (students) hastily for an impending exam
      • precondition = put into the required condition beforehand
      • fix = kill, preserve, and harden (tissue) in order to prepare for microscopic study
      • mount = fix onto a backing, setting, or support
      • lay out / set up / set = get ready for a particular purpose or event
      • winterise / winterize = prepare for winter
      • summerise / summerize = prepare for summer
      • prime = insert a primer into (a gun, mine, or charge) preparatory to detonation or firing
      • cultivate / crop / work = prepare for crops
      • brace / poise = prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult
  2. prepare for eating by applying heat
    • example: The chefs prepare the vegetables
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Product]David dug me a hole | Donna fixed me a sandwich
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product]David constructed a house | Donna fixed a sandwich
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] for [Beneficiary]David dug a hole for me | Donna fixed a sandwich for me

      Verbs of Creation and Transformation (with the same syntax): bake, blend, brew, clear, cook, cook up, cultivate, fix, invent, kindle, light, mix, ready, roll, run, toss.

    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonyms of prepare: cook / fix / make / ready
    • more generic terms: create from raw material / create from raw stuff = make from scratch
    • more specific terms:
      • preserve / keep = prevent (food) from rotting
      • dress out / dress = kill and prepare for market or consumption
      • deglaze = dissolve cooking juices or solid food in (a pan) by adding liquid and stirring
      • escallop / scallop = bake in a sauce, milk, etc., often with breadcrumbs on top
      • flambe = pour liquor over and ignite
      • put on = put on the stove or ready for cooking
      • devil = coat or stuff with a spicy paste
      • precook = cook beforehand so that the actual preparation won't take long
      • whomp up / whip up = prepare or cook quickly or hastily
      • concoct / cook up = prepare or cook by mixing ingredients
      • lard = prepare or cook with lard
  3. to prepare verbally, either for written or spoken delivery
    • examples: prepare a report | prepare a speech
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic words: create / make = make or cause to be or to become
    • more specific terms: rough out / rough in / rough = prepare in preliminary or sketchy form
  4. arrange by systematic planning and united effort
  5. educate for a future role or function
    • example: The prince was prepared to become King one day
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of prepare: groom / train
    • more generic word: educate = give an education to
    • more specific words: dispose / qualify = make fit or prepared
  6. create by training and teaching
  7. lead up to and soften by sounding the dissonant note in it as a consonant note in the preceding chord
    • example: prepare the discord in bar 139
    • domain: music
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more generic word: sound = cause to sound
  8. undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonym of prepare: train
    • more generic words: learn / read / study / take = be a student of a certain subject
    • more specific words:
      • apprentice = be or work as an apprentice
      • retrain = train again
      • drill = undergo military training or do military exercises

Alternative definition of the verb prepare


  1. [transitive] To make ready for a specific future purpose.
  2. [transitive] To make ready for eating or drinking; to cook.
  3. [intransitive] To make oneself ready; to get ready, make preparation.
  4. [transitive] To produce or make by combining elements; to synthesize, compound.


  1. "Prepare" is a composition.
  2. "Prepare" is a musical single of Neo Cortex.
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  3. "Prepare" is a composition.


"Prepare" is a written work.

Phrases with Prepare

  1. prepare for
  2. to prepare

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Prepare

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Google previewDare to Prepare (2008)

How to Win Before You Begin by Ronald M. Shapiro, Gregory Jordan

—Len Kennedy, general counsel, Sprint Nextel “Ron has done it again; Dare to Prepare is an excellent and interesting read. Real-life stories emphasize how critical it is to properly prepare for any important negotiation. From sports examples ...

Google previewFor His Glory (2013)

Daily Devotions with Scripture Help by Donnie Sutton

To prepare means that we make sure we are ready whenever Jesus comes. Making sure of our salvation, then working in the Kingdom doing whatever God has called us to do. It is true that our salvation is nearer now than when we first ...

Google previewLearn Cocoa on the Mac (2010)

by David Mark, Jeff LaMarche, Jack Nutting

The next GUI object we want to prepare is a date picker, which will let the user specify the date of the villain's last sighting. A date picker overcomes the ambiguities and competing standards for date formatting that can be a chore to deal with ...



Failure to prepare means preparing for failure. —Anon 9.1 INTRODUCTION It is best if all fire outbreaks are prevented. Being able to extinguish them at an early stage by using extinguishers comes next. Yet there are situations where fires start ...

Google previewPractical Teaching Skills for Driving Instructors (2007)

by John Miller, Margaret Stacey, Tony Scriven

Remember: 'failing to prepare means preparing to fail';! Chapter 5 covers the specific requirements for presenting a lesson during the ADI Part 3 test. In that situation, the supervising examiner will actually set the objectives for the lesson and ...

Google previewFundamentals of International Financial Accounting and Reporting (2010)

by Roger Hussey

The final statement to prepare is the Balance Sheet. Remember to deduct the depreciation for one quarter from the original cost of the stall. 4. Use the differences between the Cash Flow Statement and the Income Statement to calculate the ...

Google previewThe Tallgrass Restoration Handbook (1997)

For Prairies, Savannas, and Woodlands by William R. Jordan

The easiest site to prepare is an existing agricultural field. It will not be weed free, but much of the preparation will already have been done for you. If perennial weeds are present, they should be eliminated by spot spraying with appropriate ...

Google previewDeveloping Leaders for the Small Church

A Guide to Spiritual Transformation for the Church Board by Glenn Daman

The term prepare refers to people being “perfectly, completely fitted out by all those in the church who are able to transmit the Word.”1 In other words, the task of leadership is to make sure people are being equipped with the Word of God so ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling (2016)

by Jon Carlson, Shannon B. Dermer

PREPARE/ENRICH has high reliability, high validity, and a large national norm based on more than 100,000 couples from various backgrounds. Numerous studies have demonstrated the rigor of the assessments and its relevance to couples ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Concise Writing (2006)

More Than 10,000 Alternatives to Wordy Phrases by Robert Hartwell Fiske, Richard Lederer

preparation (prepare)...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

washing hair shampoo preparation for water retention diuretic preparation of ammonia sal volatile preparation of potato starch tapioca preparation that arrests bleeding styptic preparatory measure arrangement prepare anticipate, arrange, ...

Google previewA Dictionary and Glossary of the Koran (2013)

by John Penrice

To prepare, or lay up anything against ...

Google previewThe Seven Seasons of Spiritual Life, with Commentary and Pilgrim’s Dictionary (2014)

by M. C. Holiday

Prepare. for. the. Harvest. of. the. Kingdom. Keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. Yeshu speaks at the banquet of a Pharisee: A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the ...

Google previewMounce's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (2009)

by William D. Mounce

kûn means “to establish, prepare, provide.” See establish. Verb: (rak), GK6885 (S 6186), 75x. rak denotes the action of arranging an object in a particular way or arranging objects in a ...

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Quotes about Prepare

Whenever I prepare for a journey I prepare as though for death. Should I never return, all is in order. (Katherine Mansfield)
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The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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