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Definition of Prescribe


  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.
  2. To direct, as a remedy to be used by a patient; as, the doctor prescribed quinine.
  3. To give directions; to dictate.
  4. To influence by long use
  5. To write or to give medical directions; to indicate remedies; as, to prescribe for a patient in a fever.
  6. To claim by prescription; to claim a title to a thing on the ground of immemorial use and enjoyment, that is, by a custom having the force of law.

Prescribe Quotations

The man who lets a leader prescribe his course is a wreck being towed to the scrap heap.
Ayn Rand

No group and no government can properly prescribe precisely what should constitute the body of knowledge with which true education is concerned.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

The free way of life proposes ends, but it does not prescribe means.
Robert Kennedy

Alzheimer's is a disease for which there is no effective treatment whatsoever. To be clear, there is no pharmaceutical agent, no magic pill that a doctor can prescribe that will have any significant effect on the progressive downhill course of this disease.
David Perlmutter

The critic should describe, and not prescribe.
Eugene Ionesco
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Prescribe Translations

prescribe in German is vorschreiben
prescribe in Italian is decretare
prescribe in Spanish is decretar, prescribir
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