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prepare (create)

Definition:

to prepare verbally, either for written or spoken delivery

Class:

creation verb (sewing, baking, painting, performing, etc.)

Past tense:

prepared

Present participle:

preparing

3rd-person singular present:

prepares

Type of:

make

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

rough in

Usage examples:

  • prepare a report
  • prepare a speech

Etymology:

Middle English preparen from Middle French preparer from Latin praeparare from...
(Source: New World Dictionary)  [more]

All senses of prepare...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

prepare | be prepared [sense-specific] | preparer [noun, derived]

to make ready or suitable in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc, | to put together using parts or ingredients; compose or ... (26 of 559 words, 5 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/prepare

Macmillan British Dictionary:

prepare | prepared [past tense] | preparing [present participle] | prepares [3rd-person singular present] | prepare the way/ground for something

[transitive] to make something ready for use ; to make food ready to be cooked or eaten, for example by cleaning or cutting it | ... (24 of 306 words, 5 definitions, 16 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/prepare

Merriam-Webster:

prepare | prepared [past tense] | preparing [present participle] | fit [synonym, sense-specific] | fix [synonym, sense-specific] | groom [synonym, sense-specific] | lay [synonym, sense-specific] | prep [synonym, sense-specific] | ready [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to make ready beforehand for some purpose, use, or activity ; to put in a proper state of mind | to work out the details of; plan in advance | to put ... (30 of 253 words, 4 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/prepare

Oxford Dictionary:

prepare | prepared | be prepared to do something | pre-planned [synonym, sense-specific] | preparer [derived]

make (something) ready for use or consideration | (as adjective "prepared") : created in advance; pre-planned | make (food or a meal) ready for ... (22 of 171 words, 7 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/prepare

American Heritage Dictionary:

prepare | prepared [past tense] | preparing [present participle] | prepares [3rd-person singular present] | preparedly [adverb, related] | preparer [noun, related]

To make ready beforehand for a specific purpose, as for an event or occasion | To put together or make by combining various elements or ingredients; ... (25 of 124 words, 6 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/prepare

New World Dictionary:

prepare | prepared [past tense] | preparing [present participle] | preparedly [adverb, related]

to make ready, usually for a specific purpose; make suitable; fit; adapt; train | to make receptive; dispose; accustom | to equip or furnish with ... (23 of 120 words, 7 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/prepare

Cambridge Dictionary:

prepare

to make or get something or someone ready for something that will happen in the future | to expect that something will happen and to be ready for it (28 of 103 words, 2 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/prepare

Random House Dictionary:

prepare | prepared [past tense] | preparing [present participle]

to put in proper condition or readiness. | to get (a meal) ready for eating, as by proper assembling, cooking, etc. | to manufacture, compound, or ... (24 of 77 words, 5 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/prepare

Wiktionary:

prepare | prepared [past tense] | preparing [present participle] | prepares [3rd-person singular present] | busk [synonym, sense-specific] | forgraith [synonym, sense-specific] | graith [synonym, sense-specific] | ready [synonym, sense-specific] | yark [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[transitive] To make ready for a specific future purpose; to set up; to assemble. | [transitive] To make ready for eating or drinking; to cook. | [intransitive] To make oneself ready; to get ready, make preparation. | [transitive] To produce or make by... (40 of 75 words, 5 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/prepare

Wikipedia:

Create [disambiguation]

may refer to: Create (TV network), an American public television network consisting of lifestyle and human interest programming from the libraries of PBS and American Public Television | Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency... (33 of 158 words, 8 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Create

Encarta Dictionary:

prepare | prepared [past tense] | preparing [present participle] | prepares [3rd-person singular present]

to take the necessary action to put something into a state where it's fit for use or action, or for a particular event or purpose | to put somebody or ... (29 of 191 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861737221​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

New World Dictionary:

prepare | prepared [past tense] | preparing [present participle]

Origin: Middle English preparen from Middle French preparer from Latin praeparare from prae-, before (see "pre-") + parare, ... (17 of 31 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

prepare | prepared [past tense] | preparing [present participle] | prepares [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English preparen, from Old French preparer, from Latin praeparāre: prae-, pre- + parāre, ... (14 of 22 etymology words)

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Merriam-Webster:

prepare | prepared [past tense] | preparing [present participle]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Middle French preparer, from Latin praeparare, from prae- pre- + parare to procure, prepare

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/prepare

Wiktionary:

prepare | prepared [past tense] | preparing [present participle] | prepares [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle French preparer, from Classical Latin praeparāre ("make ready in advance"), from prae- ("pre-") + parāre ("make ready").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/prepare

Oxford Dictionary:

prepare | prepared | be prepared to do something

Origin: late Middle English: from French préparer or Latin praeparare, from prae "before" + parare "make ready"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/prepare

Online Etymology:

prepare

First use: mid-15th century

Origin: Middle French preparer, from Latin praeparare. Slang shortening prep is from 1927.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=prepare

Collins Dictionary:

prepare

First use: 15th century

Origin: from Latin praeparāre, from prae before + parāre to make ready

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/prepare

Encarta Dictionary:

prepare | prepared [past tense] | preparing [present participle] | prepares [3rd-person singular present]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Directly or via French from Latin praeparare "make ready beforehand" from parare "make ready"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861737221​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

prepare | prepared [past tense] | preparing [present participle] | prepares [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "prepare"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/prepare

Collins Dictionary:

prepare

Audio: British English pronunciation of "prepare"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/prepare

Macmillan American Dictionary:

prepare | prepared [past tense] | preparing [present participle] | prepares [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "prepare"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/prepare

Macmillan British Dictionary:

prepare | prepared [past tense] | preparing [present participle] | prepares [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "prepare"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/prepare

Cambridge Dictionary:

prepare

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "prepare"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "prepare"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/prepare

the Free Dictionary:

prepare

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "prepare"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "prepare"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "prepare" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

prepare | prepared [past tense] | preparing [present participle] | prepares [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "prepare"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=prepare

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

prepare

Audio: North American pronunciation of "prepare"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=prepar​07 word=prepare

YourDictionary Audio:

prepare

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "prepare" by speech synthesizer

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