from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make ready beforehand for a specific purpose, as for an event or occasion: The teacher prepared the students for the exams.
- transitive v. To put together or make by combining various elements or ingredients; manufacture or compound: prepared a meal; prepared the lecture.
- transitive v. To fit out; equip: prepared the ship for an arctic expedition.
- transitive v. Music To lead up to and soften (a dissonance or its impact) by means of preparation.
- intransitive v. To make things or oneself ready.
- intransitive v. To study or complete a course of study at a preparatory school.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make ready for a specific future purpose; to set up; to assemble.
- v. To make ready for eating or drinking; to cook.
- v. To make oneself ready; to get ready, make preparation.
- v. To produce or make by combining elements; to synthesize, compound.
- n. preparation
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To fit, adapt, or qualify for a particular purpose or condition; to make ready; to put into a state for use or application
- transitive v. To procure as suitable or necessary; to get ready; to provide
- intransitive v. To make all things ready; to put things in order.
- intransitive v. To make one's self ready; to get ready; to take the necessary previous measures.
- n. Preparation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To set in order or readiness for a particular end; make ready; provide; adapt by alteration or arrangement.
- To bring into a particular mental state with reference to the future; fit by notification or instruction for any definite action or direction of thought: as, to prepare a person for bad news; to prepare a boy for college.
- To equip; fit out; provide with necessary means.
- To provide or procure for future use; hence, to make; form; compound; manufacture.
- In music: To lead up to by causing a dissonance to appear first as a consonance: as, the discord was carefully prepared. See preparation, 9.
- To lead into (a tone or embellishment) by an appoggiatura or other prefatory tone or tones.
- To make everything ready; put things in order beforehand.
- To make one's self ready; equip one's self mentally or materially for future action.
- n. Preparation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. educate for a future role or function
- v. lead up to and soften by sounding the dissonant note in it as a consonant note in the preceding chord
- v. prepare for eating by applying heat
- v. arrange by systematic planning and united effort
- v. undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession
- v. create by training and teaching
- v. to prepare verbally, either for written or spoken delivery
- v. make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
Middle English preparen, from Old French preparer, from Latin praeparāre : prae-, pre- + parāre, prepare, equip; see perə-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French preparer, from Classical Latin praeparāre ("make ready in advance"), from prae- ("pre-") + parāre ("make ready"). (Wiktionary)