Main definitions of prep in English

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transitive verbtransitive verb preps, transitive verb prepping, transitive verb prepped

[with object] informal
  • 1Prepare (something); make ready.

    • ‘scores of volunteers help prep the food’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are looking for volunteers to help prep the store and run the membership table.’
    • ‘Later, we prepped food, re-arranged the living room, and did all sorts of last minute stuff.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When you are slicing the loaf and prepping the lettuce, think a bit more laterally about the sandwich you fancy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We prep the boat (well, mainly she does, as I say it's a different set up to the Wayfarer I normally sail).’
    • ‘Obviously, like the bacon and onions, it helps if you prep them beforehand, but I invariably end up doing it as I cook.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I invite her to our show, but she's prepping for hers a few days from now.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘‘There's more sleep after death’ had become a comfort phrase among my classmates as we prepped for our big finals.’
      • ‘Gary Tuchman was there as they prepped for the worst.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If you average a 10-minute mile and are prepping for a 5K, this playlist is the perfect speed to help hit your goal.’

Pronunciation

prep

/prep/ /prɛp/

noun

informal
  • Preparation.

    • ‘I do the prep’
    • ‘I had virtually no prep time’
    • ‘If you let it go much longer than that, you'll need more preparation work, and prep is the hardest part of the job!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Because state-standard tests are supposed to measure actual learning, prep courses teach substance over strategy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He stopped his prep work and watched me intently.’
    • ‘Now all your prep work is done, and you can show off.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They do all the prep work and you just pop it in the oven.’
    • ‘As always, be sure to read the label for proper surface prep and application.’
    • ‘During contest prep, he consumes approximately 500 g of protein per day from these foods.’

Pronunciation

prep

/prep/ /prɛp/

Origin

1920s abbreviation of prepare or preparation.

Main definitions of prep in English

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prep2

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noun

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

    • ‘preps as well as Westerners with Ivy League degrees’
    • ‘This will be my last quiet week at work before the February students return and the new prep students start.’
    • ‘Goths, punks, and preps - it didn't seem to matter.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She'd only met him a few months ago and now she was just sobbing over him, like some dumb prep from school.’

Pronunciation

prep

/prep/ /prɛp/

Origin

Mid 19th century abbreviation of preparation.

Main definitions of PrEP in English

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PrEP3

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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’