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Prepare, vb. 1) trans. a) to make fit, to make ready: Sonn. 114, 12. Tp. I, 2, 145. Meas. II, 2, 84. III, 1, 4. III, 2, 254. Ado I, 2, 23. Merch. III, 5, 56. IV, 1, 245. IV, 1, 245 As II, 5, 65. All's II, 5, 66. IV, 4, 34. Tw. II, 4, 57. Wint. IV, 4, 512. H5 I, 2, 234. V Chor. H5 I, 2, 234 H6B II, 4, 15. R3 V, 3, 88. H8 III, 2, 328. IV, 1, 64. Cor. V, 2, 77. Tit. IV, 2, 146. V, 2, 197. Rom. I, 1, 116 (cf. Lr. II, 1, 53. Ant. IV, 12, 39). Caes. III, 1, 253. Lr. I, 4, 280. II, 1, 53 (cf. Rom. I, 1, 116). Ant. III, 3, 41. IV, 12, 39. Per. I, 1, 43. == to make ready for combat: John II, 83. V, 2, 130. V, 2, 130 R2 I, 3, 5. H4A II, 3, 37. H4B Ind. H4A II, 3, 37 Cor. III, 2, 139. IV, 5, 140. Ant. III, 7, 41. Reflexively: “p. yourself to death,” Meas. III, 1, 169. IV, 2, 72. IV, 3, 57. Merch. II, 4, 23. IV, 1, 324. Wint. II, 3, 201. John IV, 1, 90. R2 IV, 320. V, 1, 37 “(p. thee hence for France).” H6C V, 4, 60. Caes. V, 1, 12. Hml. III, 3, 2. IV, 3, 45.
b) to make to expect, to give notice to: “bring him his confessor, let him be --d,” Meas. II, 1, 35. “go you and p. Aliena,” As V, 2, 17. “mine ear is open and my heart --d,” R2 III, 2, 93. “p. her ears to hear a wooer's tale,” R3 IV, 4, 327. “p. thy brow to frown,” Cor. IV, 5, 69. “p. thy aged eyes to weep,” Tit. III, 1, 59. “p. her against this wedding day,” Rom. III, 4, 32. “to p. him up against to-morrow,” IV, 2, 45 (Qq up him).
Partic. --d == ready: “I am --d, here is my sword,” H6A I, 2, 98. “for that I am --d and full resolved,” Tit. II, 1, 57. “be --d to hear,” Caes. I, 2, 66. “an you will not, come when you are next --d for,” Oth. IV, 1, 168. “be --d to know,” Ant. I, 3, 66. “I came here a man --d to take this offer,” II, 6, 41. == deliberate: “with a leavened and --d choice,” Meas. I, 1, 52.
c) to provide: “let us p. some welcome for the mistress,” Merch. V, 37. “have --d great store of wedding cheer,” Shr. III, 2, 188. “p. thy grave,” Tim. IV, 3, 378. Cleon's wife a present murderer does p. for good Marina, Per. IV Prol. 38.
2) intr. a) to make every thing ready, to put things in order: “Boyet, p., I will away to-night,” LLL V, 2, 737. “p. for dinner,” Merch. III, 5, 52 (purposely misinterpreted by Launcelot). Lr. I, 3, 26. “p. there, the duke is coming,” H8 II, 1, 97. Caes. IV, 3, 140.
b) to make one's self ready: “to bid the wind a base he now --s,” Ven. 303. “p. to carry it,” Lucr. 1294. Lucr. 1294 Lucr. 1294 Tp. IV, 166. Meas. IV, 3, 136. LLL V, 2, 81. LLL V, 2, 81 Merch. IV, 1, 304. H5 IV, 1, 196. H6B I, 2, 57. R3 I, 4, 185. Cor. V, 2, 51. Rom. I, 5, 123. III, 3, 162. IV, 5, 92. Caes. II, 2, 118. With “against:” Sonn. 13, 3. With “for:” H5 V, 2, 398. Per. II, 3, 7. == to make one's self ready for combat: John II, 78. IV, 2, 114. H4A V, 2, 90. Cor. I, 2, 30. Mcb. III, 6, 39. Ant. III, 6, 58. “the Dauphin is --ing hitherward,” John V, 7, 59; cf. R2 V, 1, 37 and Cor. IV, 5, 140.
c) to look forward to, to expect, to keep one's self ready for what is to happen: “upon that day either p. to die or else to wed Demetrius,” Mids. I, 1, 86. “p. to see the life as lively mocked as ever . . .,” Wint. V, 3, 18. “bid him p., for I will cut his throat,” H5 IV, 4, 34. “you must p. to fight without Achilles,” Troil. II, 3, 238. “in, and p.; ours is the fall, I fear,” Tim. V, 2, 16. “if you have tears, p. to shed them now,” Caes. III, 2, 173.
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