Definition of unprepared in US English:



  • 1predicative Not ready or able to deal with something.

    ‘she was totally unprepared for what happened next’
    ‘the transformation caught them unprepared’
    • ‘Quite how anyone in the US can be caught unprepared for an election is beyond us at Dimpler Towers.’
    • ‘We are, very simply, unprepared for dealing with pangs of shame or for undertaking spiritual soul-searchings.’
    • ‘Again, Heather was caught entirely unprepared for the answer and had to search for an appropriate response.’
    • ‘The rainy season was unusually erratic that year in Wind Dance, and Eider had been caught unprepared for a storm of such force.’
    • ‘He was caught quite unprepared for the Fifth Crusade, thinking that the truce would not be violated.’
    • ‘Surprised and unprepared for the unexpected shove from behind, the man toppled over, barely catching himself before he hit the ground.’
    • ‘Midwestern soybean growers were caught unprepared for a visit from a foreign aphid during the summer of 2000.’
    • ‘The shelling of Fort Sumter caught the U.S. Army unprepared for war.’
    • ‘He effectively dispels any myth of a ‘sneak attack’ at Pearl Harbor and any notion that the United States was caught totally unprepared for war.’
    • ‘Malaria spread quickly among the troops, and by August the hospitals filled to capacity, catching the medical personnel unprepared for such an epidemic.’
    • ‘I was also unprepared for dealing with a student who brought his buck knife to school and began waving it at me and the other students.’
    • ‘Having caught him completely unprepared for this attack, his eyes are wide with surprise as his ears are standing straight up with fear.’
    • ‘Having the prince at your very stall was no ordinary thing and the man was unprepared for dealing with royalty.’
    • ‘The film, which included newsreel footage, exposed how Australian defence forces were ill-equipped and unprepared for the attack.’
    • ‘Caught unprepared for the insurgency, the Pentagon is now showering money on devices designed to give soldiers an edge in such fighting.’
    • ‘It is clear that the clowns at white house were caught unprepared for this latest atrocity by the zionists.’
    • ‘While this is perfectly viable, there are few black players that are unprepared for dealing with this setup, and white's choices are somewhat limited.’
    • ‘Mia was soon caught unprepared for the sudden rise in altitude that Phyconos performed.’
    • ‘Don't be caught unprepared for pride; check out these must-have products’
    • ‘No reason to be caught unprepared for what came next.’
    not ready, unready, off guard, off one's guard, surprised, taken aback, unsuspecting
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    1. 1.1with infinitive Not willing to do something.
      ‘they were unprepared to accept what was proposed’
      • ‘It suggests that they had visions of '66, and were unprepared to accept anything less.’
      • ‘Further, more than one in two persons would be unprepared to accept, through marriage, a Chinese person, a South Asian or a black African as a relative.’
      • ‘Although small in number, these suggest that the population may be increasingly unprepared to accept their lot.’
      • ‘Those with recent injuries were predictably in a state of denial, unprepared to accept the doctors' verdict that they would never again walk.’
      • ‘However, this lack of connection may also leave them feeling unprepared to handle the intimacy of such a relationship.’
      unwilling, disinclined, averse, loath, reluctant, indisposed, resistant, opposed
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    2. 1.2 (of a thing) not made ready for use.
      ‘paintings on unprepared canvas’
      • ‘Many of Pollock's pictures were painted in black on unprepared, cream-colored canvas, but this one includes large amounts of color.’
      • ‘There is at least a tacit nod to the unprepared canvases of Color Field paintings.’
      • ‘The celeb who earned the most stars would earn a fully prepared meal, the celeb would earned the second most stars would earn an unprepared meal and the celeb who earned the least stars would earn nothing- and have to subsist on only rice and beans.’
      • ‘In a mystery worthy of Agatha Christie, the wear and tear on a pair of slippers, an unprepared bed and a missing walking-stick and torch became sinister clues in the absence of any evidence as to how "Aunt Flo" came to be in the river.’
      • ‘I'm wondering if a year in an unprepared holding bed or plunk and run in the big unprepared bed is the best course of action.’