Surgeryto put (things or oneself) in proper condition or readiness; to get (someone) ready: [~ + object]The general prepared his troops for the attack.[~ + to + verb]The troops were preparing to cross the river.[~ + object + to + verb]These lessons will prepare you to pass the test.[no object]She prepared for the debate.
to get (a meal) ready for eating, as by cooking, etc.: [~ + object + for + object]He prepared a nice meal for her.[~ + object + object]She prepared him a fine meal.
Drugs to manufacture or compose:[~ + object]to prepare a cough syrup; to prepare a report.
Surgeryto put in proper condition or readiness:to prepare a patient for surgery.
to get (a meal) ready for eating, as by proper assembling, cooking, etc.
Drugsto manufacture, compound, or compose:to prepare a cough syrup.
Music and Danceto lead up to (a discord, an embellishment, etc.) by some preliminary tone or tones.
to put things or oneself in readiness; get ready:to prepare for war.
Latin praeparāre to make ready beforehand, equivalent. to prae-pre- + parāre to set, get ready (akin to parent)
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged provide, arrange, order. Prepare,contrive,devise imply planning for and making ready for something expected or thought possible. Toprepare is to make ready beforehand for some approaching event, need, and the like:to prepare a room, a speech.Contrive and devise emphasize the exercise of ingenuity and inventiveness. The first word suggests a shrewdness that borders on trickery, but this is absent from devise:to contrive a means of escape; to devise a time-saving method.
3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged make.
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged disorganize.