Main definitions of prep in English

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prep1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • 1 Prepare (something); make ready:

    ‘scores of volunteers help prep the food’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Obviously, like the bacon and onions, it helps if you prep them beforehand, but I invariably end up doing it as I cook.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘As I learned later, Howard and Marie were below prepping food.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When you are slicing the loaf and prepping the lettuce, think a bit more laterally about the sandwich you fancy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Later, we prepped food, re-arranged the living room, and did all sorts of last minute stuff.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We prep the boat (well, mainly she does, as I say it's a different set up to the Wayfarer I normally sail).’
    • ‘And I went to work cracking eggs, grating the nutmeg, prepping two frying pans, slicing bread.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1[no object] Prepare oneself for an event:
      ‘to prep for his role he trimmed his unruly locks’
      • ‘So he was clearly prepping for the interviews ahead.’
      • ‘She is actually prepping for a role in an off Broadway show called 'We're Still Hot.'’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As it is, she still looks gorgeous as she preps for her return to Broadway.’
      • ‘What does my son, who spends his entire year studying and prepping for these exams, get out of it?’
      • ‘You've done an awesome job prepping for back-to-school, so take some time to relax.’
      • ‘‘There's more sleep after death’ had become a comfort phrase among my classmates as we prepped for our big finals.’
      • ‘They'd already received the consent and were prepping to wire her bone back together.’
      • ‘If you average a 10-minute mile and are prepping for a 5K, this playlist is the perfect speed to help hit your goal.’
      • ‘I invite her to our show, but she's prepping for hers a few days from now.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Gary Tuchman was there as they prepped for the worst.’

noun

informal
  • [mass noun] Preparation:

    ‘the lasagne I usually make takes an hour of cooking time, not to mention the prep’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She gives me another nod, of considered acceptance, and I chalk up a score for advance prep.’
    • ‘My prep work always involves finding current examples to illustrate the points at hand, and give them something to hold on to.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Because state-standard tests are supposed to measure actual learning, prep courses teach substance over strategy.’
    • ‘If you let it go much longer than that, you'll need more preparation work, and prep is the hardest part of the job!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As always, be sure to read the label for proper surface prep and application.’
    • ‘He stopped his prep work and watched me intently.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘During contest prep, he consumes approximately 500 g of protein per day from these foods.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now all your prep work is done, and you can show off.’

Origin

1920s: abbreviation of prepare or preparation.

Pronunciation:

prep

/prɛp/

Main definitions of prep in English

: prep1prep2

prep2

noun

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.
      • ‘Anyways, Sanjay stopped by during my prep period.’
      • ‘My prep period was last I started reading the journals.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I was in my prep period and decided, since everything was finished, my final was all set; I might as well go now.’
  • 2[as 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At Monticello prep students and their teacher lived together in a common building.’
  • 3North American A student in a prep school.

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

Origin

Mid 19th century: abbreviation of preparation.

Pronunciation:

prep

/prɛp/

Main definitions of prep in English

: prep1prep2

PrEP

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’

Pronunciation:

PrEP

/prɛp/