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1‘I want you to prepare a plan of action for me’
make ready, get ready, put together, draw up, produce, arrange, develop, assemble, construct, compose, edit, devise, work out, think up, conceive, formulate, concoct, fashion, work up, lay
2‘the meal was easy to prepare’
cook, make, get, put together, assemble, muster, dish up, concoct, blend, infuse, brew
informal fix, rustle up
British informal knock up
3‘if you want peace, prepare for war’
get ready, make preparations, arrange things, make provision, get everything set, take the necessary steps, do the necessary, lay the groundwork, do the spadework, gear oneself up, gird up one's loins, fit oneself out, kit oneself out, rig oneself out, provide, arm oneself
face up to
informal psych oneself up
4‘the top teams prepare for such an event all year’
train, get into shape, practise, exercise, warm up
get ready, get set
5‘we enable employees to prepare for exams’
study, work, do preparation, revise, do homework
British informal swot
6‘this course is written specifically to prepare students for these exams’
instruct, teach, educate, coach, train, tutor, inculcate, groom, discipline, drill, prime, brief, guide, direct, put in the picture
7‘you must prepare yourself for a shock’
brace, make ready, tense, steel, steady, buttress, strengthen, fortify
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