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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

We must admit with humility that, while number is purely a product of our minds, space has a reality outside our minds, so that we cannot completely prescribe its properties a priori.
Carl Friedrich Gauss

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

If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by word or act.
Robert Jackson

If I were a doctor, I would prescribe that you addict yourself deeply and irrevocably to music and never, ever seek cure outside of more music. It really is the best drug available.
Henry Rollins

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