Prescribe definition

prĭ-skrīb
To set down as a rule or direction; order; ordain; direct.
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To order the use of a medicine or other treatment.
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To order or advise as a medicine or treatment.
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To order a medicine or other treatment.
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To set down or impose rules; dictate.
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To prescribe is to make a rule, or a doctor recommending and giving official permission for a course of treatment.

When the legislature passes a law mandating that everyone recycle, this is an example of when the legislature prescribes recycling.

When a doctor determines you need antibiotics and gives you an official signed authorization that you take to the pharmacist to pick up the antibiotics, this is an example of when the doctor prescribes antibiotics.

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To claim a right or title through long use or possession.
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To become invalidated or outlawed by negative prescription.
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To order (a drug or medical device) for use by a particular patient.

The doctor prescribed aspirin.

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To specify as a required procedure or ritual; to lay down authoritatively as a guide, direction, or rule of action.
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To set down as a rule, law, or direction.

Prescribed the terms of the surrender.

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To order the use of (a medicine or other treatment).
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To establish rules, laws, or directions.
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(law) To invalidate or outlaw by negative prescription.
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To give medical advice or prescriptions.
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Origin of prescribe

  • Middle English prescriben from Latin praescrībere prae- pre- scrībere to write skrībh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin praescribere, from prae (“before") and scribere (“to write").

    From Wiktionary