—v.t. 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.
—v.i. to put things or oneself in readiness; get ready: to prepare for war.