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pre·pare / priˈpe(ə)r/ • v. [tr.] 1. make (something) ready for use or consideration: prepare a brief summary of the article. ∎  make (food or a meal) ready for cooking or eating: she was busy preparing lunch. ∎  make (someone) ready or able to do or deal with something: schools should prepare children for life by this time I was prepared for anything. ∎  [intr.] make oneself ready to do or deal with something: she took time off to prepare for her exams| they're preparing to blast into space. ∎  (be prepared to do something) be willing to do something: I wasn't prepared to go along with that. ∎  make (a chemical product) by a reaction or series of reactions.2. Mus. (in conventional harmony) lead up to (a discord) by means of preparation.DERIVATIVES: pre·par·er n.ORIGIN: late Middle English: from French préparer or Latin praeparare, from prae ‘before’ + parare ‘make ready.’