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PREPARE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does prepare mean? 

PREPARE (verb)
  The verb PREPARE has 8 senses:

1. make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
2. prepare for eating by applying heat
3. to prepare verbally, either for written or spoken delivery
4. arrange by systematic planning and united effort
5. prepare (someone) for a future role or function
6. create by training and teaching
7. lead up to and soften by sounding the dissonant note in it as a consonant note in the preceding chord
8. undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession

  Familiarity information: PREPARE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


PREPARE (verb)


Sense 1prepare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

gear up; prepare; ready; set; fix; set up

Context examples:

Get the children ready for school! / prepare for war / I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill

Hypernyms (to "prepare" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "prepare"):

socialise; socialize (prepare for social life)

brace; poise (prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult)

crop; cultivate; work (prepare for crops)

prime (insert a primer into (a gun, mine, or charge) preparatory to detonation or firing)

summerise; summerize (prepare for summer)

winterise; winterize (prepare for winter)

lay out; set; set up (get ready for a particular purpose or event)

mount (fix onto a backing, setting, or support)

fix (kill, preserve, and harden (tissue) in order to prepare for microscopic study)

precondition (put into the required condition beforehand)

cram (prepare (students) hastily for an impending exam)

provide (take measures in preparation for)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody PP
Somebody ----s something PP
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Sense 2prepare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Prepare for eating by applying heat

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

ready; cook; prepare; fix; make

Context examples:

Cook me dinner, please / can you make me an omelette? / fix breakfast for the guests, please

Hypernyms (to "prepare" is one way to...):

create from raw material; create from raw stuff (make from scratch)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "prepare"):

lard (prepare or cook with lard)

concoct; cook up (prepare or cook by mixing ingredients)

whip up; whomp up (prepare or cook quickly or hastily)

precook (cook beforehand so that the actual preparation won't take long)

devil (coat or stuff with a spicy paste)

put on (put on the stove or ready for cooking)

flambe (pour liquor over and ignite (a dish))

escallop; scallop (bake in a sauce, milk, etc., often with breadcrumbs on top)

deglaze (dissolve cooking juices or solid food in (a pan) by adding liquid and stirring)

dress; dress out (kill and prepare for market or consumption)

keep; preserve (prevent (food) from rotting)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

The chefs prepare the vegetables


Sense 3prepare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To prepare verbally, either for written or spoken delivery

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Context examples:

prepare a report / prepare a speech

Hypernyms (to "prepare" is one way to...):

create; make (make or cause to be or to become)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "prepare"):

rough; rough in; rough out (prepare in preliminary or sketchy form)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4prepare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Arrange by systematic planning and united effort

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

machinate; devise; prepare; organise; organize; get up

Context examples:

machinate a plot / organize a strike / devise a plan to take over the director's office

Hypernyms (to "prepare" is one way to...):

initiate; pioneer (take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "prepare"):

spatchcock (prepare for eating if or as if a spatchcock)

sandwich (make into a sandwich)

set up (begin, or enable someone else to begin, a venture by providing the means, logistics, etc.)

lay (prepare or position for action or operation)

mount; put on (prepare and supply with the necessary equipment for execution or performance)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5prepare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Prepare (someone) for a future role or function

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

groom; train; prepare

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "prepare" is one way to...):

educate (give an education to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "prepare"):

dispose; qualify (make fit or prepared)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 6prepare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Create by training and teaching

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

train; educate; prepare; develop

Context examples:

The old master is training world-class violinists / we develop the leaders for the future

Hypernyms (to "prepare" is one way to...):

instruct; learn; teach (impart skills or knowledge to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "prepare"):

toilet-train (train (a small child) to use the toilet)

house-train; housebreak (train (a pet) to live cleanly in a house)

drill (train in the military, e.g., in the use of weapons)

retrain (teach new skills)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 7prepare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lead up to and soften by sounding the dissonant note in it as a consonant note in the preceding chord

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Context example:

prepare the discord in bar 139

Hypernyms (to "prepare" is one way to...):

sound (cause to sound)

Domain category:

music (an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 8prepare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

train; prepare

Context examples:

She is training to be a teacher / He trained as a legal aid

Hypernyms (to "prepare" is one way to...):

learn; read; study; take (be a student of a certain subject)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "prepare"):

drill (undergo military training or do military exercises)

retrain (train again)

apprentice (be or work as an apprentice)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s to somebody


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