Pronunciation: (pri-pâr'), [key]
—v., -pared, -par•ing.
1. to put in proper condition or readiness: to prepare a patient for surgery.
2. to get (a meal) ready for eating, as by proper assembling, cooking, etc.
3. to manufacture, compound, or compose: to prepare a cough syrup.
4. Music.to lead up to (a discord, an embellishment, etc.) by some preliminary tone or tones.
to put things or oneself in readiness; get ready: to prepare for war.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.