To prepare is to get ready to do something. An activity is planned for the future, and a person must do certain things in advance of the activity in order to be successful.
In these sentences, "prepare" is a verb:
- Students have to prepare for school.
- Teachers prepare lessons for class.
- Workers prepare to go to work.
- Athletes prepare for competitions.
- People who are in the military prepare for conflict.
The word "preparation" is a noun:
- We have to make preparations for an upcoming trip to Europe.
- Preparations are being made for a new bike lane in our community.
- Good preparation leads to success.
The word "prepared" is an adjective:
- Are you prepared for work?
- Do you feel prepared?
- I’m afraid he’s not prepared.
- He’s not at all prepared for the job he’s about to do.
- He’s very unprepared.
The words "prepare" or "preparation" are often shortened to "prep."
- A kitchen worker does a lot of food prep.
- I have to prep for class.
- Kathleen goes to a college prep school.
- Prepping for a test involves a lot of studying and discussion with other students.
He’s prepared and ready to go.
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Date of publication: January 17, 2017