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Meaning of prepare

pre•pare

Pronunciation: (pri-pâr'), [key]
— v., -pared, -par•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to put in proper condition or readiness: to prepare a patient for surgery.
  2. to get (a meal) ready for eating, as by proper assembling, cooking, etc.
  3. to manufacture, compound, or compose: to prepare a cough syrup.
  4. to lead up to (a discord, an embellishment, etc.) by some preliminary tone or tones.
—v.i.
  1. to put things or oneself in readiness; get ready: to prepare for war.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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