v. pre·pared, pre·par·ing, pre·pares
1. To make ready beforehand for a specific purpose, as for an event or occasion: The teacher prepared the students for the exams.
2. To put together or make by combining various elements or ingredients; manufacture or compound: prepared a meal; prepared the lecture.
3. To fit out; equip: prepared the ship for an arctic expedition.
4. Music To lead up to and soften (a dissonance or its impact) by means of preparation.
To make things or oneself ready: I must prepare for my trip.
To be willing (to do something): I am not prepared to defend him when I know he was wrong.
[Middle English preparen, from Old French preparer, from Latin praeparāre : prae-, pre- + parāre, prepare, equip; see perə-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
pre·pared·ly (-pârĭd-lē) adv.
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