prescribe

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin praescribere, from prae (before) and scribere (to write).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /pɹəˈskɹaɪb/, /ˈpɹɪiˌskɹaɪb/
  • Rhymes: -aɪb

Usage notes[edit]

  • The pronunciation with the stressed first syllable is normally used only when added distinction from proscribe is required.

Verb[edit]

prescribe (third-person singular simple present prescribes, present participle prescribing, simple past and past participle prescribed)

  1. To order (a drug or medical device) for use by a particular patient.
    The doctor prescribed aspirin.
  2. To specify as a required procedure or ritual; to lay down authoritatively as a guide, direction, or rule of action.
    • Shakespeare
      Prescribe not us our duties.
    • Dryden
      Let streams prescribe their fountains where to run.

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Verb[edit]

prescribe

  1. Informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of prescribir.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present indicative form of prescribir.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of prescribir.