- 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.).
- 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).
Origin of prescribe
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Related Words for unprescribedspontaneous, chosen, independent, free, volunteer, autonomous, deliberate, elected, freely, gratuitous, honorary, intended, intentional, optional, unasked, unpaid, volitional, willful, uncompelled, unconstrained
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No unprescribed drugs for him—no careless overdose, or anything of that sort, no indeed!The Whirligig of Time
Wayland Wells Williams
- 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)
Word Origin for prescribe
"to write down as a direction," mid-15c., from Latin praescribere "write beforehand" (see prescription). Related: Prescribed; prescribing. Medical sense is from 1580s, probably a back formation from prescription.
- To give directions, either orally or in writing, for the preparation and administration of a remedy to be used in the treatment of a disease.