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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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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.]