Main definitions of prep in English

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prep1

verb

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

    ‘scores of volunteers help prep the food’
    • ‘They are looking for volunteers to help prep the store and run the membership table.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Obviously, like the bacon and onions, it helps if you prep them beforehand, but I invariably end up doing it as I cook.’
    • ‘We prep the boat (well, mainly she does, as I say it's a different set up to the Wayfarer I normally sail).’
    • ‘As I learned later, Howard and Marie were below prepping food.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When you are slicing the loaf and prepping the lettuce, think a bit more laterally about the sandwich you fancy.’
    • ‘And I went to work cracking eggs, grating the nutmeg, prepping two frying pans, slicing bread.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nick called the plane from the taxi and when we got there, it was prepped and ready to go.’
    • ‘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. 1.1no object Prepare oneself for an event.
      ‘to prep for his role he trimmed his unruly locks’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So he was clearly prepping for the interviews ahead.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘She is actually prepping for a role in an off Broadway show called 'We're Still Hot.'’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘You've done an awesome job prepping for back-to-school, so take some time to relax.’
      • ‘They'd already received the consent and were prepping to wire her bone back together.’

noun

informal
  • Preparation.

    ‘I do the prep’
    as modifier ‘I had virtually no prep time’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My prep work always involves finding current examples to illustrate the points at hand, and give them something to hold on to.’
    • ‘She gives me another nod, of considered acceptance, and I chalk up a score for advance prep.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Because state-standard tests are supposed to measure actual learning, prep courses teach substance over strategy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘During contest prep, he consumes approximately 500 g of protein per day from these foods.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you let it go much longer than that, you'll need more preparation work, and prep is the hardest part of the job!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

1920s: abbreviation of prepare or preparation.

Pronunciation

prep

/prep//prɛp/

Main definitions of prep in English

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prep2

noun

North American
informal
  • A student or graduate of a prep school.

    ‘preps as well as Westerners with Ivy League degrees’
    • ‘Goths, punks, and preps - it didn't seem to matter.’
    • ‘There were the nerds and the preps and then there was us, the fresh kids.’
    • ‘‘When I was going to high school, there used to be the Italian crew, the black crew, the heavy-metal crew and the preps, and everybody had their own music,’ she says.’
    • ‘This will be my last quiet week at work before the February students return and the new prep students start.’
    • ‘Goths can be stand-offish, the same way punks can be obscene or preps can be snobby, but not everyone is like that.’
    • ‘She'd only met him a few months ago and now she was just sobbing over him, like some dumb prep from school.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: abbreviation of preparation.

Pronunciation

prep

/prep//prɛp/

Main definitions of prep in English

: prep1prep2PrEP3

PrEP3

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’