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prescribe

pre·scribe

prescribe

 
 
pronunciation:
prih skraIb
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: prescribed, prescribes, prescribing
definition 1: to lay down as a rule or guide.
This book on etiquette prescribes the manner in which silverware should be placed on the dinner table.The school prescribed a strict code of conduct for its students.
synonyms:
dictate
similar words:
demand, enjoin, formulate, impose, require, set
definition 2: to order or recommend (a drug or the like) as a medical remedy.
The doctor prescribed a new drug for the patient's skin condition.This medicine is frequently prescribed to treat the disease.For patients with colds, the doctor prescribes only rest and drinking plenty of fluids.
synonyms:
recommend
similar words:
order
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to set down rules; direct; ordain.
As a stepfather, I can give advice, but I don't try to prescribe.
synonyms:
command, decree, ordain
similar words:
dictate, direct
definition 2: to give or write a medical prescription.
I will research the various treatment options before I prescribe.
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derivations: prescribable (adj.), prescriber (n.)
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