prepare


prepare
prepare, fit, qualify, condition, ready are comparable when they mean to make someone or something ready.
Prepare is the most inclusive of these terms; it implies a process, often a complicated process, involving a making ready, a getting ready, or a putting in readiness one or more persons or things
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prepare ground for a crop

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prepare a corpse for burial

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prepare a person for bad news

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made a few notes for a paper I was preparingDahl

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Fit is more limited in its scope than prepare: it suggests a making a person or thing fit for or suitable to a particular end or objective
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Accomplishments, fitting him to shine both in active and elegant life— Irving

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I had fitted myself to do everything, from sweeping out to writing the editorials— White

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the soldier's efforts to fit himself into the new world made possible by his sweat and blood— Wecter

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Qualify (see also MODERATE) stresses the implication that a person's fitness for a duty, office, function, or status requires the fulfillment of some necessary conditions, such as taking certain courses of study or training, an examination, or an oath
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do not let druggists prescribe for you; they are not qualified to treat syphilis— Fishbein

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his extensive knowledge of foreign languages specially qualified him for such service— A. P. Wills

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Condition implies a getting into or a bringing to the condition that is proper or necessary for a person or, more often, a thing to satisfy a particular purpose or use
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condition air by purification, humidification, and adjustment of temperature

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condition an athletic team by exercise and practice

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condition cattle for show or market

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Ready emphasizes a putting a thing into order, especially for use, or a making ready a person for action
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ready a bedroom for the use of a guest

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the whole town took part in helping to ready the outdoor theater— Marguerite Johnson

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the expedition readied itself during the summer— Handling

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Analogous words: *provide, supply, furnish: endow, endue, *dower: equip, outfit (see FURNISH): predispose, dispose, incline

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  • Prepare — Pre*pare , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Prepare?}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Preparing}.] [F. pr[ e]parer, L. praeparare; prae before + parare to make ready. See {Pare}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To fit, adapt, or qualify for a particular purpose or condition; to make… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prepare — Pre*pare , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Prepare?}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Preparing}.] [F. pr[ e]parer, L. praeparare; prae before + parare to make ready. See {Pare}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To fit, adapt, or qualify for a particular purpose or condition; to make… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • préparé — préparé, ée (pre pa ré, rée) part. passé de préparer. 1°   Disposé. •   J ai vu tendre aux enfants une gorge assurée à la sanglante mort qu ils voyaient préparée, ROTROU St Genest, II, 7. •   Et quoique le bûcher soit déjà préparé, Le nom de la… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Prepare — Pre*pare , v. i. 1. To make all things ready; to put things in order; as, to prepare for a hostile invasion. Bid them prepare for dinner. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To make one s self ready; to get ready; to take the necessary previous measures; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prepare — [prē par′, pripar′] vt. prepared, preparing [ME preparen < MFr preparer < L praeparare < prae , before (see PRE ) + parare, to set in order, get ready, akin to parere, to bring forth, bear (see PAROUS)] 1. to make ready, usually for a… …   English World dictionary

  • Prepare — Pre*pare , n. Preparation. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prepare — index arrange (plan), charge (instruct on the law), compile, conceive (invent), contrive, devise (invent …   Law dictionary

  • prepare — (v.) mid 15c., from M.Fr. preparer, from L. praeparare (see PREPARATION (Cf. preparation)). Slang shortening prep is from 1927. Related: Prepared; preparing …   Etymology dictionary

  • prepare — [v] make or get ready adapt, adjust, anticipate, appoint, arrange, assemble, brace, build up, coach, concoct, construct, contrive, cook, develop, dispose, draw up, endow, equip, fabricate, fashion, fill in, fit, fit out, fix, form, formulate,… …   New thesaurus

  • preparé — Preparé, [prepar]ée. part …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française