3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Prescribe \Pre*scribe"\, verb (used without an object)

1. To give directions; to dictate.

A forwardness to prescribe to their opinions. --Locke.

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Prescribe \Pre*scribe"\, verb (used with an object) [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. --Dryden.

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; establish.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: issue commands or orders for [syn: {order}, {prescribe}, {dictate}]

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