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 intransitive verb 1. to lay down a rule ; dictate 2. [Middle English, from Medieval Latin praescribere, from Latin, to write at the beginning] to claim a title to something by right of prescription 3. to write or give medical prescriptions 4. to become by prescription invalid or unenforceable transitive verb 1. a. to lay down as a guide, direction, or rule of action ; ordain b. to specify with authority 2. to designate or order the use of as a remedy <
prescribed a painkiller
a prescribed burn to restore natural forest conditions
prescriber noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • prescribe — pre·scribe /pri skrīb/ vb pre·scribed, pre·scrib·ing vi 1: to claim title or a right to something (as an easement) by prescription a precarious possessor cannot prescribe against the owner 2 in the civil law of Louisiana: to become unenforceable… …   Law dictionary

  • Prescribe — Pre*scribe , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Prescribed}; p. pr & vb. n. {Prescribing}.] [L. praescribere, praescriptum; prae before + scriebe to write. See {Scribe}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To lay down authoritatively as a guide, direction, or rule of action;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prescribe — Pre*scribe , v. i. 1. To give directions; to dictate. [1913 Webster] A forwardness to prescribe to their opinions. Locke. [1913 Webster] 2. To influence by long use [Obs.] Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] 3. (Med.) To write or to give medical… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prescribe — 1 *dictate, ordain, decree, impose Analogous words: order, *command, enjoin, bid: exact, *demand, require 2 Prescribe, assign, define mean to fix arbitrarily or authoritatively for the sake of order or of a clear understanding. Prescribe stresses …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • prescribe — prescribe, proscribe A single letter distinguishes two words of very different meaning. A prescribed book (for example) is one that is chosen for a course of study, whereas a proscribed book is one that is forbidden or banned. Prescribe also has… …   Modern English usage

  • prescribe — ► VERB 1) recommend and authorize the use of (a medicine or treatment). 2) state authoritatively that (an action or procedure) should be carried out. USAGE On the confusion between prescribe and proscribe, see the note at PROSCRIBE(Cf.… …   English terms dictionary

  • prescribe — (v.) to write down as a direction, mid 15c., from L. praescribere (see PRESCRIPTION (Cf. prescription)). Related: Prescribed; prescribing …   Etymology dictionary

  • prescribe — [v] stipulate action to be taken appoint, assign, choose, command, decide, decree, define, designate, determine, dictate, direct, enjoin, establish, fix, guide, impose, lay down, ordain, order, pick out, require, rule, select, set, settle,… …   New thesaurus

  • prescribe — [prē skrīb′, priskrīb′] vt. prescribed, prescribing [L praescribere < prae , before + scribere, to write: see PRE & SCRIBE] 1. to set down as a rule or direction; order; ordain; direct 2. to order or advise as a medicine or treatment: said of… …   English World dictionary

  • prescribe — v. 1) (D; tr.) to prescribe for (to prescribe a remedy for the common cold) 2) (formal) (L; subj.) regulations prescribe that a lawyer draw up/should draw up the papers * * * [prɪ skraɪb] (formal) (L; subj.) regulations prescribe that a lawyer… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • prescribe — verb (T) 1 to say what medicine or treatment a sick person should have: prescribe sb sth: If these don t work I may have to prescribe you something stronger. | prescribe sth for sth: one of the most commonly prescribed drugs for treating… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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