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PRESCRI'BE, v.t. [L. proescribo, to write before.]
verb (prescribed; prescribing) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin praescribere to write at the beginning, dictate, order, from prae- + scribere to write — more at scribe Date: 15th century
v. 1 tr. a advise the use of (a medicine etc.), esp. by an authorized prescription. b recommend, esp. as a benefit (prescribed a change of scenery). 2 tr. lay down or impose authoritatively. 3 intr. (foll. by to, for) assert a prescriptive right or claim. Derivatives: prescriber n. Etymology: L praescribere praescript- direct in writing (as PRAE-, scribere write)
Prescribe 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.
Prescribe 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.
(prescribes, prescribing, prescribed) 1. If a doctor prescribes medicine or treatment for you, he or she tells you what medicine or treatment to have. Our doctor diagnosed a throat infection and prescribed antibiotic and junior aspirin... She took twice the prescribed dose of sleeping tablets... The law allows doctors to prescribe contraception to the under 16s. VERB: V n, V-ed, V n to n 2. If a person or set of laws or rules prescribes an action or duty, they state that it must be carried out. (FORMAL) ...article II of the constitution, which prescribes the method of electing a president... Alliott told Singleton he was passing the sentence prescribed by law. VERB: V n, V-ed
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