Meaning of “prepared” in the English Dictionary

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"prepared" in British English

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uk /prɪˈpeəd/ us /prɪˈperd/

B1 ready to deal with a situation:

When she called on me, I wasn't prepared.
They were prepared for the worst.

B2 made earlier:

The spokesperson read a prepared statement.
be prepared to do sth

B2 to be willing, or happy to agree to do something:

Would you be prepared to help me get things ready for the party?
People are not really prepared to talk about these kinds of personal problems.

More examples

  • We've tried to anticipate the most likely problems, but it's impossible to be prepared for every eventuality.
  • We were not prepared for the events that followed .
  • Anyone who gambles on the stock exchange has to be prepared to lose money.
  • She was prepared to take on the job, with all its associated risks.
  • Teachers were not fully prepared for the changes in the exam system.

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