Definitions for: Prescribe


[v] issue commands or orders for



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.
--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.


Pre*scribe", v. i.
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.

Synonyms: dictate, order

See Also: bring down, impose, inflict, visit

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