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Princeton's WordNet

  1. order, prescribe, dictate(verb)

    issue commands or orders for


  1. prescribe(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From praescribere, from prae and scribere.

  2. prescribe(Verb)

    To specify as a required procedure or ritual.

    Etymology: From praescribere, from prae and scribere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prescribe(verb)

    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. Prescribe(verb)

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

  3. Prescribe(verb)

    to give directions; to dictate

  4. Prescribe(verb)

    to influence by long use

  5. Prescribe(verb)

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

  6. Prescribe(verb)

    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.]

British National Corpus

  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. Voltaire:

    Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less in human beings of whom they know nothing.

  2. Dennis Bourdette:

    In the multiple sclerosis field, there are a very small number of physicians who prescribe Acthar, and I've never understood why these physicians do that, if these accusations are true, it may provide an explanation.

  3. Justice Minister Ronald Warsal:

    We do not have a fixed number yet as to the number of seats, but the amendment will be to the constitution to say parliament will prescribe a system which will include reserved seats for women, it has been over 10 years since we have had a woman in parliament ... It is very hard for women to win seats in Vanuatu, so it is better that we amend the constitution.

  4. Mary Lou Marzian:

    My point is to illustrate how intrusive and ridiculous it is for elected officials to be inserting themselves into private and personal medical decisions, a health-care practitioner shall... prescribe a drug for erectile dysfunction only to a man who is currently married.

  5. William Sheel:

    If we prescribe an exercise or pulmonary rehab program at a given intensity— say, if we tell someone to exercise three times a week— should that be the same for men and women?

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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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