6. preparative, compound, composition, mixture, concoction, product, drug, pharmaceutical, pharmaceutical preparation, Med. prescription, medicine, medication, medicament.
preparatory, adj. preparative, preliminary, prefatory, precursory, prelusive, prelusory, proemial; introductory, inaugural, beginning, opening, initial, initiatory, first; rudimentary, elementary, basic, primary, fundamental; prerequisite, qualifying, college-preparatory, Inf. college-prep; preceding, precedent, previous, pre-venient, prior, foregoing, anterior, antecedent.
prepare, v. 1. make ready, ready, Inf. prep; clear the decks, prepare for, make preparations for, prime, groom, get ready or set, Inf. square away, Archaic. boun; set up, fix up, arrange, order, put things in order, set one's house in order; lay the groundwork, set the stage, take steps, take the necessary steps, make provisions; draw the wagons tight, make all snug, batten down the hatches; SI. psych oneself up, get up one's courage, Inf. gear oneself up, Inf. get oneself in gear, rev up one's engines, Literary, gird one's loins; warm up, rehearse, practice, get into shape or condition, whip into shape, tune up, Music, noodle; study, review, go over, read over, reread, do one's homework; brief, familiarize, train, teach.
2. outfit, accouter, equip, furnish, supply, provide, purvey; fit, fit out or up, rig, rig out or up, gear; array, deck, deck out, bedeck, caparison, trap; All Mil. arm, forearm, munition, SI. heel, Archaic, harness.
3. (all of a meal) fix, make, do, cook, bake.
4. manufacture, make, produce, turn out; construct, erect, build, put up; forge, fashion, mold, form, shape, carve, chisel, sculpture; compound, combine, put together, concoct, mix up, whip up, cook up, brew; compose, work up, write up, make up, develop; devise, invent, contrive, fabricate, hatch, come up with, dream up, think up.
prepared, adj. 1. ready, all ready, dressed, ready to go, Inf. on deck; set, all set, Inf. squared away, in order; set up, fixed or fixed up, arranged, in readiness; primed, Inf. prepped, briefed, trained; SI. psyched up, Inf. in gear, revved up; warmed up, in shape, in condition, in tune, tuned up; equipped, outfitted, accoutered, fitted out, rigged out; All Mil. armed, forearmed, SI. heeled, Archaic, harnessed.
2. processed, precooked, frozen, made-up, premade, ready-made; ready-to-serve, ready-to-eat.
preparedness, n. readiness, fitness, preparation.
preponderance, n. 1. majority, bulk, mass, lion's share, greater part, more than half; prevalence, common occurrence, extensiveness.
2. ascendancy, predomination, primacy, paramount-cy, sovereignty, preeminence, superiority, transcendence, greatness, supremacy; influence, sway, weightiness, weight, force, strength, power, upper hand, advantage; dominance, domination, mastery, control, rule, authority, leadership, hegemony.
preponderant, adj. 1. prevalent, prevailing, widespread, extensive, comprehensive, preponderating; major, greater, larger, large, higher.
2. important, SI. big-time, capital, principal, chief, leading, foremost, recognized; ascendant, dominant, predominant, prime, primary, sovereign, paramount, preeminent, superior, great, first-rate, supreme, transcendent, second to none; powerful, influential, weighty, outweighing, forceful, strong; controlling, ruling, authoritative, overruling.
prepossessed, adj. biased, warped, slanted, predisposed, partial, prejudiced. See - prejudiced (def 1).
prepossessing, adj. attractive, pleasing, appealing, charming, engaging, winsome, winning, taking; interesting, fascinating, captivating, enchanting, bewitching, alluring; beautiful, lovely, Inf. eye-filling, striking, well-favored, good-looking, handsome; delightful, pleasant, agreeable, likable; memorable, signal, notable; forceful, eloquent, well-spoken,
prepossession, n. predilection, liking, predisposition, bias, slant, partiality, prejudice. See - prejudice (defs. 1,2).
preposterous, adj. 1. unreasonable, irrational, illogical, meaningless, senseless; incongruous, inconsistent, unconnected, groundless; high-flown, extravagant, extreme, outrageous, excessive, overdone, exaggerated, hyperbolized; incredible, unbelievable, astonishing; unthinkable, out of the question, impossible.