Simple Definition of prescribe
: to officially tell someone to use (a medicine, therapy, diet, etc.) as a remedy or treatment
: to make (something) an official rule
Full Definition of prescribe
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
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>
Examples of prescribe
This drug should not be prescribed to children.
a drug commonly prescribed to treat rashes
The doctor prescribed three months of physical therapy for my leg injury.
The law prescribes a prison sentence of at least five years for the crime.
The regulations prescribe that all employees must pass a physical examination.
We must follow the rules as prescribed by the government.
Origin of prescribe
Middle English, from Latin praescribere to write at the beginning, dictate, order, from prae- + scribere to write — more at scribe
First Known Use: 15th century
Medical Definition of prescribe
: to write or give medical prescriptions
: to designate or order the use of as a remedy <prescribe a drug>
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