apprêter

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Old French aprester, corresponding to a- +‎ prêt +‎ -er

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apprêter

  1. (transitive) To prepare, to get ready, prime
  2. (reflexive, followed by à) to prepare for/to do, to get ready for/to do, to be about to do.
    • 1955, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Tristes Tropiques, 1993 ed., Plon, ISBN 978-2-259-00359-1 Invalid ISBN, chap. VII, p. 67
      L'humanité s'installe dans la monoculture ; elle s'apprête à produire la civilisation en masse, comme la betterave.
      — Mankind has opted for monoculture; it is in the process of creating a mass civilization, as beetroot is grown in the mass. — 1973, John & Doreen Weightman (trans.), Tristes Tropiques, 2011 ed., Penguin Books, ISBN 978-0-14-197073-8, chap. VII

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