verb pre·scribe \pri-ˈskrīb\

: 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

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

Examples of PRESCRIBE

  1. This drug should not be prescribed to children.
  2. a drug commonly prescribed to treat rashes
  3. The doctor prescribed three months of physical therapy for my leg injury.
  4. The law prescribes a prison sentence of at least five years for the crime.
  5. The regulations prescribe that all employees must pass a physical examination.
  6. We must follow the rules as prescribed by the government.


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


verb pre·scribe \pri-ˈskrīb\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PRESCRIBE

intransitive verb
:  to write or give medical prescriptions
transitive verb
:  to designate or order the use of as a remedy <prescribe a drug>


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