PREPA'RE, verb transitive [Latin paro.]
1. In a general sense, to fit, adapt or qualify for a particular purpose, end, use, service or state, by any means whatever. We prepare ground for seed by tillage; we prepare cloth for use by dressing; we prepare medicines by pulverization, mixture, etc.; we prepare young men for college by previous instruction; men are prepared for professions by suitable study; holiness of heart is necessary to prepare men for the enjoyment of happiness with holy beings.
2. To make ready; as, to prepare the table for entertaining company.
3. To provide; to procure as suitable; as, to prepare arms, ammunition and provisions for troops; to prepare ships for defense.
Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him. 2 Samuel 15:1.
4. To set; to establish.
The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens. Psalms 103:19.
5. To appoint.
It shall be given to them for whom it is prepared. Matthew 20:23.
6. To guide, direct or establish. 1 Chronicles 29:18.
PREPA'RE, verb intransitive To make all things ready; to put things in suitable order; as, prepare for dinner.
1. To take the necessary previous measures.
Dido preparing to kill herself.
2. To make one's self ready.
Prepare to meet thy God, O Israel. Amos 4:12.
PREPA'RE, noun Preparation. [Not in use.]