• WordNet 3.6
    • v prepare 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"
    • v prepare 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"
    • v prepare create by training and teaching "The old master is training world-class violinists","we develop the leaders for the future"
    • v prepare arrange by systematic planning and united effort "machinate a plot","organize a strike","devise a plan to take over the director's office"
    • v prepare prepare for eating by applying heat "Cook me dinner, please","can you make me an omelette?","fix breakfast for the guests, please"
    • v prepare to prepare verbally, either for written or spoken delivery "prepare a report","prepare a speech"
    • v prepare 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"
    • v prepare 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Preparing the bristles Preparing the bristles
Ribby prepares for her guest Ribby prepares for her guest
Preparing to Blow Up a Derelict Preparing to Blow Up a Derelict
Preparations for blowing up Flood Rock Preparations for blowing up Flood Rock
Harold prepares to swear his oath in front of the court Harold prepares to swear his oath in front of the court
Druids prepare to make a human sacrifice Druids prepare to make a human sacrifice

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every year, Burger King restaurants prepare over 950,000 pounds of bacon for their breakfast customers
    • n Prepare Preparation.
    • Prepare 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. "Our souls, not yet prepared for upper light."
    • Prepare To make all things ready; to put things in order; as, to prepare for a hostile invasion. "Bid them prepare for dinner."
    • Prepare To make one's self ready; to get ready; to take the necessary previous measures; as, to prepare for death.
    • Prepare 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. "That they may prepare a city for habitation."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Mount Horeb Mustard Museum which is located in Wisconsin has the biggest collection of prepared mustards. They have approximately 4,000 different jars and tubes from all over the world
    • prepare To set in order or readiness for a particular end; make ready; provide; adapt by alteration or arrangement.
    • prepare To bring into a particular mental state with reference to the future; fit by notification or instruction for any definite action or direction of thought: as, to prepare a person for bad news; to prepare a boy for college.
    • prepare To equip; fit out; provide with necessary means.
    • prepare To provide or procure for future use; hence, to make; form; compound; manufacture.
    • prepare In music: To lead up to by causing a dissonance to appear first as a consonance: as, the discord was carefully prepared. See preparation, 9.
    • prepare To lead into (a tone or embellishment) by an appoggiatura or other prefatory tone or tones.
    • prepare To make everything ready; put things in order beforehand.
    • prepare To make one's self ready; equip one's self mentally or materially for future action.
    • n prepare Preparation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Beethoven who was a coffee lover, was so particular about his coffee that he always counted 60 beans each cup when he prepared his brew.
    • v.t Prepare prē-pār′ 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 Prepare to get one's self ready: to put everything in proper order: to lead up to
    • n Prepare (Shak.) preparation
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  • Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
    Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
    “A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”
  • John Dewey
    “Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is, not a preparation for life; education is life itself.”
  • Anne Sophie Swetchine
    “We expect everything and are prepared for nothing.”
  • Denis Waitley
    “Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.”
  • Zig Ziglar
    “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “He that parts with his property before his death prepares himself for much suffering.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. préparer, L. praeparare,; prae, before + parare, to make ready. See Pare


In literature:

She then got into her hammock, and we enjoyed a pleasant sleep, to prepare us for new labours.
"The Swiss Family Robinson; or Adventures in a Desert Island" by Johann David Wyss
Faith prepared the Revolution and discontent accomplished it.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
In all your correspondence, throughout the period of preparation for your chosen life career, send out true ideas of your best capability.
"Certain Success" by Norval A. Hawkins
At command, Prepare for Inspection, given by the Major, each Captain commands, Open Ranks.
"Military Instructors Manual" by James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
Better choices than to whine there are for him who is prepared to die: for one day was my age decreed, and my whole life determined.
"The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson" by Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
In preparing the Second Edition, I am not a little indebted to the Rev.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
You came here prepared to use force.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
He had for some time been preparing this expedition.
"History of Holland" by George Edmundson
There are three ways of accomplishing this; namely, by diet, by nutritive preparations, and by physical treatment.
"Valere Aude" by Louis Dechmann
The nurseries of cacao demand an excellent soil, well prepared, where the water does not remain.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds

In poetry:

Long time before
I in my mother's womb was born,
A God, preparing, did this glorious store,
The world, for me adorn.
Into this Eden so divine and fair,
So wide and bright, I come His son and heir.
"The Salutation" by Thomas Traherne
Prepare your hearts for Death's cold hand! prepare
Your souls for flight, your bodies for the earth;
Prepare your arms for glorious victory;
Prepare your eyes to meet a holy God!
Prepare, prepare!
"A War Song to Englishmen" by William Blake
Meanwhile, as thus with him it fared,
They for the voyage were prepared,
And went to the sea-shore,
But, when they thither came the Youth Deserted his poor Bride, and Ruth
Could never find him more.
"Ruth" by William Wordsworth
Oh! may I there find, when this brief life is past,
By my Saviour prepared, a sweet home at last;
Where sin never enters, death, sorrow, nor care,
And clouds are not feared, for it never rains there.
"The Clouds Return After The Rain" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
Thou born to sip the lake or spring,
Or quaff the waters of the stream,
Why hither come on vagrant wing?--
Does Bacchus tempting seem--
Did he, for you, the glass prepare?--
Will I admit you to a share?
"On A Honey Bee" by Philip Morin Freneau
Thou born to sip the lake or spring,
Or quaff the waters of the stream,
Why hither come on vagrant wing?—
Does Bacchus tempting seem—
Did he, for you, the glass prepare?—
Will I admit you to a share?
"To A Honey Bee" by Philip Morin Freneau

In news:

Mexican government prepares for fallout.
Preparing beds for influx of returnees.
As the Prince George's County Council prepared for its annual six-week summer recess, members handled a packed agenda Tuesday that included several bills.
Prepared adobo sauce 3 Tbsps.
No amount of gear or preparation can prevent the unavoidable.
Newt Gingrich has been a worthy adversary , leading the Republican Party to a majority in the House, and joining me in a great national debate over how best to prepare America for the 21st century.
Frederick family prepares for new arrival from Haiti Article David Hubner was a touch harried as he answered a reporter's phone call Wednesday afternoon.
COLUMBIA — As voters across the country prepare to watch the first round of presidential debates at 8 pm Wednesday, the Missourian talked with two MU professors to get their takes on what to watch for.
Russian President Vladimir Putin prepares to pilot a hang glider to lead a flock of cranes to their winter habitat.
When I was growing up, Caesar salads were theater, prepared tableside by waiters who broke the raw eggs with panache and chopped the anchovies together with garlic in big wooden bowls.
When Tom was preparing for his role in the movie "Punchline" he prepared by doing some stand up comedy in New York.
As Centre College prepares to host next month's vice presidential debate, several groups want to prepare Kentucky students for the event.
As North Carolina prepares for the Final Four this weekend, Loren Shealy is also preparing to go behind enemy lines, so to speak.
If you're prepared for zombies, you're prepared for anything .
Preparing for a marathon of theatre is similar to preparing for any other kind.

In science:

In an A-category with a unit ob ject one may define a scalar product for any two preparations of the same type, and a norm for any preparation.
Concrete Foundations for Categorical Quantum Physics
For any preparation b one has: a⋆ ◦ f ⋆ ◦ b = a⋆ ◦ g ⋆ ◦ b and, by item 2 of Definition 7 one has: a⋆ ◦ f ⋆ = a⋆ ◦ g ⋆ and therefore f ◦ a = g ◦ a for any preparation a.
Concrete Foundations for Categorical Quantum Physics
An arrow f : A → B can be seen as a transformation that transforms every preparation a : I → A into the preparation f ◦ a : I → B .
Concrete Foundations for Categorical Quantum Physics
We generalize this idea by defining an arrow of two domains by associating a preparation I → X to any pair of preparations I → A and I → B .
Concrete Foundations for Categorical Quantum Physics
There is a canonical way, κ, to build a system out of a preparation a of type A and a preparation b of type B .
Concrete Foundations for Categorical Quantum Physics