1 (get or make) ready, prime, arrange, (put in) order, organize, provide for, make provision(s) for, lay the groundwork (for), (make) fit, fit (out), equip, outfit, adapt:
Have you prepared adequately for the meeting? We prepared the house to receive guests
2 train, (get or make) ready, study, practise, Colloq cram, Brit swot, get up:
He is preparing to take an exam.
3 train, educate, teach, (get or make) ready, groom, brief, develop:
Her mother is preparing her for the next Olympics.
4 cook (up), make, do, Colloq whip up, US and Canadian fix:
I shall prepare dinner for eight o'clock.
5 manufacture, fabricate, produce, make, put out, build, construct, assemble, put together, turn out, fashion, forge, mould:
Our company prepares components for the printing industry.
6 brace, strengthen, steel, fortify, ready:
When I saw the doctor's face, I prepared myself for bad news.
7 process, produce, make, treat, change, modify, transform:
This fabric has been specially prepared to repel stains.
properly, well | fully | badly, inadequately, poorly | adequately | carefully, painstakingly | specially
a table full of specially prepared food
VERB + PREPARE
help (sb), help (sb) to | fail to
He had failed to prepare adequately for the task before him.
| be easy to, be quick to
a meal that is very quick and easy to prepare
| be designed to
The course is designed to prepare graduates for management careers.
We all set about preparing for the party.
time to prepare (sth)
I haven't had time to prepare my arguments properly.
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