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prepare

verb [I/T]  us   /prɪˈpeər/
to make or get something or someone ready for something that will happen in the future: [T] Keane is preparing a film version of the play. [I] The Southeast prepared for the worst as the hurricane turned toward the Atlantic coast.
preparatory
adjective [not gradable]  us   /prɪˈpær·əˌtɔr·i, -ˈpeər-, ˈprep·ər·ə-, -ˌtoʊr·i/
Plans for building a new school are under way, but so far only in the preparatory stage.
preparedness
noun [U]  us   /prɪˈpeər·ɪd·nəs/
earthquake preparedness
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