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Definition of "prescribe" []

  • To set down as a rule or guide; enjoin. See Synonyms at dictate. (verb-transitive)
  • To order the use of (a medicine or other treatment). (verb-transitive)
  • To establish rules, laws, or directions. (verb-intransitive)
  • To order a medicine or other treatment. (verb-intransitive)
  • Law To assert a right or title to something on the grounds of prescription. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "prescribe" in a sentence
  • "Forbidding the critic to prescribe is itself a prescription."
  • "In practice, few care labels prescribe vigorous laundering for table linens."
  • "Okada bowed low -- as low as the rules of Japanese etiquette prescribe, which is to say that he bent himself almost double."