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pre·pare (prĭ-pâr)
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v. pre·pared, pre·par·ing, pre·pares
v.tr.
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.
v.intr.
To make things or oneself ready: I must prepare for my trip.
Idiom:
be prepared
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.
pre·parer n.

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