prescribe
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /pɹɪˈskɹaɪb/
  • (distinguished from proscribe) IPA: /ˈpɹiːˌskɹaɪb/
Verb

prescribe (prescribes, present participle prescribing; past and past participle prescribed)

  1. (medicine) To order (a drug or medical device) for use by a particular patient (under licensed authority).
    The doctor prescribed aspirin.
  2. To specify by writing as a required procedure or ritual; to lay down authoritatively as a guide, direction, or rule of action.
    The property meets the criteria prescribed by the regulations.
    • c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i]:
      Prescribe not us our duties.
    • Let streams prescribe their fountains where to run.
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