One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
with object To undo the preparation of; to abandon or end a state of readiness or anticipation.
with object To make unprepared for something; to render unready or apprehensive. Formerly also with †to.
Late 16th century. From un- + prepare<br>mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Milton (1608–1674), poet and polemicist. From un- + prepare, after unprepared.
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