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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 ​hospitalready for an ​operation.
(Definition of prep from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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uk   us   /prep/

prep noun (SCHOOL WORK)

[U] UK education schoolwork that ​students, ​especiallystudents at ​privateschools, do at ​home or not during ​schooltime: Do you have much prep ​tonight?

prep noun (GRAMMAR)

specialized language abbreviation for preposition


uk   us   /prep/ (-pp-)
[I or T] to ​prepare yourself or someone ​else to do something: She said she was prepping for her new ​movie. Are ​yourstafffully prepped formanaging the new ​system?
[ T] to ​prepare something: Prepping ​yourvegetables for a ​wholeweek in ​advance is a ​great way to ​savetime and ​energy in the ​kitchen.

PrEPnoun [U]

abbreviation for pre-exposure prophylaxis: the use of ​drugtreatments to ​prevent a ​disease, ​especiallyHIV/​AIDS, in ​people who do not have the ​disease
(Definition of prep from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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in Chinese (Simplified) 功课, (尤指私立学校和公学的)家庭作业…
in Chinese (Traditional) 功課, (尤指公私立學校的)功課…
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