1 ready and able to deal with sth
be, feel, seem

I'd had three weeks to get prepared.


I came prepared (= with everything I might need).

perfectly, properly, thoroughly, well

I was well prepared for the job.

completely, fully, totally
badly, inadequately, poorly

They were inadequately prepared for their role in society.

adequately, sufficiently
emotionally, mentally, physically, psychologically

I feel mentally prepared to handle this situation.


They are poorly prepared academically.

be prepared for the worst

I want you to be prepared for the worst.

be prepared for any eventuality

She was always one to be prepared for any eventuality.

2 done, made, etc. in advance
carefully, meticulously

She's clearly reading from carefully prepared notes.

hastily, quickly

hastily prepared newspaper reports


a table full of specially prepared food


freshly prepared vegetables


Commercially prepared food is often loaded with saturated fat.

Prepared is used with these nouns: ↑mould, ↑pan, ↑remark, ↑text

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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