Main definitions of prep in English

: prep1prep2PrEP3

prep1

verb

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

    ‘scores of volunteers help prep the food’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘They are looking for volunteers to help prep the store and run the membership table.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nick called the plane from the taxi and when we got there, it was prepped and ready to go.’
    • ‘As I learned later, Howard and Marie were below prepping food.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.’
      • ‘What does my son, who spends his entire year studying and prepping for these exams, get out of it?’
      • ‘I invite her to our show, but she's prepping for hers a few days from now.’
      • ‘If you average a 10-minute mile and are prepping for a 5K, this playlist is the perfect speed to help hit your goal.’
      • ‘They'd already received the consent and were prepping to wire her bone back together.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So he was clearly prepping for the interviews ahead.’
      • ‘Gary Tuchman was there as they prepped for the worst.’

noun

informal
  • Preparation.

    ‘I do the prep’
    as modifier ‘I had virtually no prep time’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When I compose, first I think about a piece for a long time and do a lot of prep work.’
    • ‘She gives me another nod, of considered acceptance, and I chalk up a score for advance prep.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Because state-standard tests are supposed to measure actual learning, prep courses teach substance over strategy.’
    • ‘As always, be sure to read the label for proper surface prep and application.’
    • ‘If you let it go much longer than that, you'll need more preparation work, and prep is the hardest part of the job!’
    • ‘They do all the prep work and you just pop it in the oven.’
    • ‘My prep work always involves finding current examples to illustrate the points at hand, and give them something to hold on to.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He stopped his prep work and watched me intently.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now all your prep work is done, and you can show off.’
    • ‘During contest prep, he consumes approximately 500 g of protein per day from these foods.’

Origin

1920s: abbreviation of prepare or preparation.

Pronunciation

prep

/prɛp//prep/

Main definitions of prep in English

: prep1prep2PrEP3

prep2

noun

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

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

Origin

Mid 19th century: abbreviation of preparation.

Pronunciation

prep

/prɛp//prep/

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’