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Princeton's WordNet

  1. order, prescribe, dictateverb

    issue commands or orders for


  1. prescribeverb

    To order (a drug or medical device) for use by a particular patient.

    Etymology: From praescribere, from prae and scribere.

  2. prescribeverb

    To specify as a required procedure or ritual.

    Etymology: From praescribere, from prae and scribere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prescribeverb

    to lay down authoritatively as a guide, direction, or rule of action; to impose as a peremptory order; to dictate; to appoint; to direct

  2. Prescribeverb

    to direct, as a remedy to be used by a patient; as, the doctor prescribed quinine

  3. Prescribeverb

    to give directions; to dictate

  4. Prescribeverb

    to influence by long use

  5. Prescribeverb

    to write or to give medical directions; to indicate remedies; as, to prescribe for a patient in a fever

  6. Prescribeverb

    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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prescribe

    prē-skrīb′, v.t. to lay down as a rule or direction: to give as an order: to appoint: (med.) to give directions for, as a remedy: to render useless or invalid through lapse of time.—v.i. to lay down rules: to claim on account of long possession: to become of no force through time.—ns. Prēscrib′er; Prē′script, something prescribed: direction: model prescribed; Prēscriptibil′ity.—adj. Prēscrip′tible, that may be prescribed.—n. Prēscrip′tion, act of prescribing or directing: (med.) a written direction for the preparation of a medicine: a recipe: (law) custom continued until it becomes a right or has the force of law.—adj. Prēscrip′tive, consisting in, or acquired by, custom or long-continued use: customary.—Prescriptive title, a title established by right of prescription. [L. præscribĕre, -scriptumpræ, before, scribĕre, to write.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prescribe' in Verbs Frequency: #962

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prescribe in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prescribe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of prescribe in a Sentence

  1. Matt Bennett:

    The purpose of the ratings is to help inform and guide parents, not to prescribe social policy.

  2. Jeff Melvoin:

    That's not painting, that's Paint-By-Numbers. That's therapy for the artistically challenged. That's what they prescribe for cretins in dayrooms.

  3. Nicolas Martin, www.iatrogenic.org:

    The headline reads, "Docs say patients make them prescribe useless antibiotics." This puts a physician in roughly the same predicament as a serial killer. The latter says, "Stop me before I kill again, while the former says, "Stop me before I prescribe again."

  4. Andrew Rokito:

    As a profession we prescribe too many narcotics for too many patients, barring unusual circumstances, we should be able to get a good handle on patients’ pain after surgery and minimize their opioid use.

  5. Cliodna McNulty:

    Trust Lauri Hicks GP or nurse to prescribe antibiotics when Lauri Hicks need them. Do ask them to share information with Lauri Hicks about how Lauri Hicks can self-care, how long the symptoms should last and when Lauri Hicks should return( if symptoms are not improving or Lauri Hicks are feeling worse).

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  • وصفArabic
  • předepsatCzech
  • verschreiben, verordnen, vorschreibenGerman
  • recetar, prescribirSpanish
  • säätää, määrätäFinnish
  • ordonner, prescrireFrench
  • előír, felírHungarian
  • menentukanIndonesian
  • 処方, 規定Japanese
  • tūtohi, tūtohuMāori
  • voorschrijvenDutch
  • receitar, prescrever, ordenarPortuguese
  • prescrieRomanian
  • назначить, устанавливать, прописывать, установить, прописать, предписывать, предписать, назначатьRussian
  • ordinera, förskriva, skriva utSwedish

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