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prepare

verb [I or T] uk   /prɪˈpeər/ us    /-ˈper/
A2 to make or get something or someone ready for something that will happen in the future: Have you prepared for your interview? She'll prepare the food ahead of time and freeze it. This course aims to prepare students for middle and senior managerial positions. [+ obj + to infinitive ] Are the players mentally and physically prepared to play a tough game? The meal took two hours to prepare.B1 to expect that something will happen and to be ready for it: [+ to infinitive] It almost seems as if she is preparing to die. You need to prepare yourself for a long wait.
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