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prepareverb [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 ​filmversion of the ​play. [I] The Southeast prepared for the ​worst as the ​hurricaneturned 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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prepareverb [I or T]

uk   /prɪˈpeər/  us   /prɪˈper/
A2 to make or get something or someone ​ready for something that will ​happen in the ​future: Have you prepared foryourinterview? She'll prepare the ​foodahead of ​time and ​freeze it. This ​course prepares ​students formiddle and ​seniormanagerialpositions. [+ obj + to infinitive ] Are the ​playersmentally and ​physically prepared toplay a ​toughgame? The ​meal took two ​hours to prepare.
B1 to ​expect that something will ​happen and to be ​ready for it: [+ to infinitive] It ​almostseems as if she is preparing todie. You need to prepare ​yourself for a ​longwait.

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