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prepare (v.)

mid-15c., a back formation from preparation and in part from Middle French preparer (14c.), from Latin praeparare "make ready beforehand," from prae "before" (see pre-) + parare "make ready" (from PIE root *pere- (1) "to produce, procure"). Related: Prepared; preparing. Be prepared as the Boy Scouts' motto is attested from 1911.

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Definitions of prepare from WordNet

prepare (v.)
make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc;
prepare for war
Synonyms: fix / set up / ready / gear up / set
prepare (v.)
prepare for eating by applying heat;
Synonyms: cook / fix / ready / make
prepare (v.)
to prepare verbally, either for written or spoken delivery;
prepare a report
prepare a speech
prepare (v.)
arrange by systematic planning and united effort;
Synonyms: organize / organise / devise / get up / machinate
prepare (v.)
educate for a future role or function;
The prince was prepared to become King one day
Synonyms: groom / train
prepare (v.)
create by training and teaching;
Synonyms: train / develop / educate
prepare (v.)
lead up to and soften by sounding the dissonant note in it as a consonant note in the preceding chord;
prepare the discord in bar 139
prepare (v.)
undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession;
Synonyms: train
From wordnet.princeton.edu