Meaning of “prep” in the English Dictionary

"prep" in British English

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uk /prep/ us /prep/


uk /prep/ us /prep/ -pp-

PrEPnoun [ U ]


abbreviation for pre-exposure prophylaxis: the use of drug treatments to prevent a disease, especially HIV/AIDS, in people who do not have the disease


(Definition of “prep” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"prep" in American English

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prepverb [ T ]

us /prep/ -pp- infml

to prepare:

The president’s advisers are busy prepping him for the debate.

medical To prep is also to get a person in a hospital ready for an operation.

(Definition of “prep” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)