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Meaning of PRESCRIBE

Pronunciation:  pri'skrIb

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  issue commands or orders for

PRESCRIBE is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: dictate, order
 See Also: bring down, impose, inflict, visit



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pre*scribe"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Prescribed}; p. pr
    & vb. n. {Prescribing}.] [L. praescribere, praescriptum; prae
    before + scriebe to write. See {Scribe}.]
    1. To lay down authoritatively as a guide, direction, or rule
       of action; to impose as a peremptory order; to dictate; to
       appoint; to direct.
             Prescribe not us our duties.          --Shak.
             Let streams prescribe their fountains where to run.
    2. (Med.) To direct, as a remedy to be used by a patient; as,
       the doctor prescribed quinine.
    Syn: To appoint; order; command; dictate; ordain; institute;
  2. \Pre*scribe"\, v. i.
    1. To give directions; to dictate.
             A forwardness to prescribe to their opinions.
    2. To influence by long use [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne.
    3. (Med.) To write or to give medical directions; to indicate
       remedies; as, to prescribe for a patient in a fever.
    4. (Law) To claim by prescription; to claim a title to a
       thing on the ground of immemorial use and enjoyment, that
       is, by a custom having the force of law.