Main definitions of prep in English

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prep1

verbprepping, preps, prepped

[with object]informal
  • 1Prepare (something); make ready.

    ‘scores of volunteers help prep the food’
    • ‘Obviously, like the bacon and onions, it helps if you prep them beforehand, but I invariably end up doing it as I cook.’
    • ‘As the parents were also going to be coming (some would stay with their kids, some would not) we prepped a certain amount of adult food.’
    • ‘Behind him a few officers made an obviously conscious effort to look busy at their stations despite the fact that their ship was prepped and ready to go.’
    • ‘As I learned later, Howard and Marie were below prepping food.’
    • ‘As the surgeon entered the room, he found me prepping the incision and the supplies and instruments ready for him to proceed with the exploration of the surgical wound.’
    • ‘We started making less vegetable platters than were ordered, figuring the food waste was too great to prep them in advance and we could throw a replacement together quickly if the guests devoured the first ones we sent out.’
    • ‘They are looking for volunteers to help prep the store and run the membership table.’
    • ‘I prepped the ground, I planted it, I cultivated it, I sprayed it, I irrigated it, I was even smart enough not to have to pick it.’
    • ‘Later, we prepped food, re-arranged the living room, and did all sorts of last minute stuff.’
    • ‘I have to buy the food, prep it, prepare it, serve it to you, and clean it up, but I don't get paid for my time.’
    • ‘And I went to work cracking eggs, grating the nutmeg, prepping two frying pans, slicing bread.’
    • ‘We prep the boat (well, mainly she does, as I say it's a different set up to the Wayfarer I normally sail).’
    • ‘When you are slicing the loaf and prepping the lettuce, think a bit more laterally about the sandwich you fancy.’
    • ‘So if the man in your life regularly appears with bits of toilet paper stuck to his face, look for one of the dozens of pre-shave products that will prep the beard and the skin.’
    • ‘Nick called the plane from the taxi and when we got there, it was prepped and ready to go.’
    • ‘Seriously, you need to trust this person to get you the right car, prep it and make sure it's all ready in time when you expect it.’
    1. 1.1no object Prepare oneself for an event.
      ‘to prep for his role he trimmed his unruly locks’
      • ‘‘There's more sleep after death’ had become a comfort phrase among my classmates as we prepped for our big finals.’
      • ‘In addition to staying up-to-date with her favorite reality stars, the beach volleyball babe has been busy prepping for the upcoming London Games.’
      • ‘Gary Tuchman was there as they prepped for the worst.’
      • ‘I invite her to our show, but she's prepping for hers a few days from now.’
      • ‘They'd already received the consent and were prepping to wire her bone back together.’
      • ‘She is actually prepping for a role in an off Broadway show called 'We're Still Hot.'’
      • ‘As it is, she still looks gorgeous as she preps for her return to Broadway.’
      • ‘If you average a 10-minute mile and are prepping for a 5K, this playlist is the perfect speed to help hit your goal.’
      • ‘So he was clearly prepping for the interviews ahead.’
      • ‘You've done an awesome job prepping for back-to-school, so take some time to relax.’
      • ‘I had to make a quick dash to the grocery store to pick up some flank steak for a little trick I was prepping for.’
      • ‘What does my son, who spends his entire year studying and prepping for these exams, get out of it?’

nounPlural preps

mass nouninformal
  • Preparation.

    ‘the lasagne I usually make takes an hour of cooking time, not to mention the prep’
    • ‘If you let it go much longer than that, you'll need more preparation work, and prep is the hardest part of the job!’
    • ‘As always, be sure to read the label for proper surface prep and application.’
    • ‘Your prep work is done a day in advance, and all in under 15 minutes - and that long only if you're slow with the chopping.’
    • ‘When I compose, first I think about a piece for a long time and do a lot of prep work.’
    • ‘He stopped his prep work and watched me intently.’
    • ‘During contest prep, he consumes approximately 500 g of protein per day from these foods.’
    • ‘As DIY experts never tire of reminding us, decorating requires thorough preparation, and the correct prep for painting is a wash down with sugar soap.’
    • ‘Because state-standard tests are supposed to measure actual learning, prep courses teach substance over strategy.’
    • ‘Among other things, they are being forced to mount a defense with just a few weeks of prep time since their assignment, and without sufficient staff support or translator support.’
    • ‘They do all the prep work and you just pop it in the oven.’
    • ‘She gives me another nod, of considered acceptance, and I chalk up a score for advance prep.’
    • ‘I live nearby so I have no real issues but we have staff that need to get home and do prep work for these storms.’
    • ‘Now all your prep work is done, and you can show off.’
    • ‘Twenty-four friends joined the cooking party, during which they donned aprons and tested their skills at kitchen prep work for a four-course Chinese dinner.’
    • ‘My prep work always involves finding current examples to illustrate the points at hand, and give them something to hold on to.’
    • ‘I ask him if he can give me some idea what kind of look he's hoping for, so I can do some prep in advance.’

Origin

1920s: abbreviation of prepare or preparation.

Pronunciation

prep

/prɛp/

Main definitions of prep in English

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prep2

nounPlural preps

informal
  • 1British mass noun (in an independent school) schoolwork that is set to be done outside normal school hours.

    • ‘Pupils at a school like Westminster enjoy all the lavish benefits of tiny class sizes, personal tuition, nightly prep, awesome library facilities, and sometimes staff who are cosy with the ways of examining boards.’
    • ‘And so I did some prep, and settled down in front of early evening television, awaiting Scott's return.’
    task, piece of work, piece of business, job, duty, chore, charge, labour, function, commission, mission, errand, engagement, occupation, undertaking, exercise, business, office, responsibility, detail, endeavour, enterprise
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    1. 1.1 (especially in a boarding school) a period set aside for doing homework or preparing for lessons.
      • ‘I was in my prep period and decided, since everything was finished, my final was all set; I might as well go now.’
      • ‘It's more of an independent study class, since it's really Cullen's prep period and he only has Benji as a student because he insisted.’
      • ‘Anyways, Sanjay stopped by during my prep period.’
      • ‘My prep period was last I started reading the journals.’
  • 2as modifier Relating to education in a prep school.

    ‘sixth-formers and prep pupils’
    • ‘Like their aforementioned prep classmates, they likely will gain the honor of becoming top 10 selections.’
    • ‘At Monticello prep students and their teacher lived together in a common building.’
    • ‘Teachers insist that prep classes with 25 pupils or more require an aide for 30 hours in term 1 and 25 hours for the rest of the year.’
  • 3North American A student in a prep school.

    • ‘My gaze is turned away from the sickening pink preps to a new student.’
    • ‘I cried, ‘He looks more like a high school prep than a bad guy.’’
    • ‘When I was in high school, the students fell into many different groups: preps, jocks, cheerleaders, punks, deadheads, druggies, geeks, and all the rest.’
    • ‘They were planning on robbing some rich college preps, and getting fast cash.’
    • ‘Greta, the biggest prep in school, squealed.’
    • ‘I was stuck in a school full of preps where they named buildings after the stupidest things.’
    • ‘It was a school full of preps and geeks, and neither group could I stand.’
    • ‘Most of the kids that went to Springfield High School were preps, too good to associate with us.’
    • ‘Speaking of flinging potatoes at the preps at school… we had mashed potatoes and gravy today in lunch!’
    • ‘If those preps back at the boarding school had done this, I was going to kill them when I returned in September.’
    • ‘I was away from the nutty teacher and the preps for now.’
    • ‘I had standing as an intelligent person, and probably a nerd at the time, though the vast majority of the preps at school were also quite intelligent.’
    • ‘I mean… even those preps at our school at least know how to rollerblade’ he said to her.’
    • ‘Thus, treatment and comparison students were roughly equivalent in their perceptions of social distance from their classmates with the exception of the preps and the jocks.’
    • ‘I waltzed back over to my seat between Riley and Ian, two of the biggest preps in school.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: abbreviation of preparation.

Pronunciation

prep

/prɛp/

Main definitions of prep in English

: prep1prep2PrEP3

PrEP3

noun

mass noun
  • Pre-exposure prophylaxis (the taking of a prescription drug as a means of preventing HIV infection in an HIV-negative person)

    ‘the use of antiretroviral drugs for PrEP can offer some protection against HIV infection’