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prepare (v.)

mid-15c., "set in order or readiness for a particular end," a back formation from preparation and in part from Old French preparer (14c.), from Latin praeparare "to make ready beforehand," from prae "before" (see pre-) + parare "to make ready" (from PIE root *pere- (1) "to produce, procure"). Compare pare (v.), which is from the same Latin verb. Related: Prepared; preparer; preparing.

Intransitive sense of "make (oneself) ready beforehand" is from c. 1500. The sense of "bring into a particular mental state with reference to the future" is by 1520s. The sense of "make (food) ready to eat" is from late 15c. (Caxton). The meaning "provide or procure for future use" is from 1530s. An earlier verb was preparate (late 14c.), from Latin praeparatus, past participle of praeparare. The Boy Scouts' motto Be Prepared is attested from 1911, based, as he said, on the initials of the organization's founder, Robert Baden-Powell.

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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
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