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; to impose as a peremptory order; to dictate; to appoint; to direct. [1913 Webster]

Prescribe not us our duties. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Let streams prescribe their fountains where to run. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. (Med.) To direct, as a remedy to be used by a patient; as, the doctor prescribed quinine. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To appoint; order; command; dictate; ordain; institute; establish. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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