prepare the way (for something)

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prepare the way (for something)

To create or prepare the basics or essential foundation (for something); to pave the way (for something). Our success with this healthcare bill wouldn't be possible, had the previous administration not prepared the way. As CEO of the company, I prepared the way for one of the most successful international firms in the country.
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John was to prepare the way for the peacemaker, the one who will show justice to the poor and condemn the wicked.
He was to prepare the way for the one who was greater than anyone who had come before.
From Beijing, I traveled to Hanoi to participate in the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) to prepare the way for the ASEAN Regional Forum Ministerial meetings in late July.