prepare

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See also: prépare, préparé, and preparé

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Borrowed from Middle French preparer, from Classical Latin praeparāre (make ready in advance), from prae- (pre-) + parāre (make ready).

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prepare (third-person singular simple present prepares, present participle preparing, simple past and past participle prepared)

  1. (transitive) To make ready for a specific future purpose; to set up; to assemble or equip.
    We prepared the spacecraft for takeoff.
    • Bible, Psalms cvii. 36
      that they may prepare a city for habitation
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      our souls, not yet prepared for upper light
  2. (transitive) To make ready for eating or drinking; to cook.
    We prepared a fish for dinner.
  3. (intransitive) To make oneself ready; to get ready, make preparation.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 19, in The China Governess[1]:
      As soon as Julia returned with a constable, Timothy, who was on the point of exhaustion, prepared to give over to him gratefully. The newcomer turned out to be a powerful youngster, fully trained and eager to help, and he stripped off his tunic at once.
    We prepared for a bumpy ride.
  4. (transitive) To produce or make by combining elements; to synthesize, compound.
    She prepared a meal from what was left in the cupboards.

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prepare

  1. (obsolete) preparation

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Etymology[edit]

From French préparer (prepare), from Latin praeparāre (make ready in advance), from prae- (pre-) + parāre (make ready).

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prepare

  1. prepare

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prepare

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of preparar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of preparar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of preparar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of preparar

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prepare

  1. third-person singular present subjunctive of prepara
  2. third-person plural present subjunctive of prepara

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prepare

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of preparar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of preparar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of preparar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of preparar.