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prescribe

[ pri-skrahyb ]
/ pr瑟藞skra瑟b /
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verb (used with object), pre路scribed, pre路scrib路ing.
to lay down, in writing or otherwise, as a rule or a course of action to be followed; appoint, ordain, or enjoin.
Medicine/Medical. to designate or order the use of (a medicine, remedy, treatment, etc.).
verb (used without object), pre路scribed, pre路scrib路ing.
to lay down rules; direct; dictate.
Medicine/Medical. to designate remedies, treatment, etc., to be used.
Law. to claim a right or title by virtue of long use and enjoyment; make a prescriptive claim. (usually followed by for or to).
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Origin of prescribe

First recorded in 1425鈥75; late Middle English from Latin praescr墨bere 鈥渢o direct in writing,鈥 literally, 鈥渢o write before or above,鈥 equivalent to prae- pre- + scr墨bere 鈥渢o write鈥; see scribe1, prescription

OTHER WORDS FROM prescribe

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH prescribe

prescribe , proscribe
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British Dictionary definitions for prescribe

prescribe
/ (pr瑟藞skra瑟b) /

verb
to lay down as a rule or directive
law to claim or acquire (a right, title, etc) by prescription
law to make or become invalid or unenforceable by lapse of time
med to recommend or order the use of (a drug or other remedy)

Derived forms of prescribe

prescriber, noun

Word Origin for prescribe

C16: from Latin praescr墨bere to write previously, from prae before + scr墨bere to write
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