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- præscribe (archaic)
- IPA(key): /pɹɪˈskɹaɪb/
- (distinguished from proscribe) IPA(key): /ˈpɹiːˌskɹaɪb/
- Rhymes: -aɪb
- Homophone: proscribe (in some dialects)
- (medicine) To order (a drug or medical device) for use by a particular patient (under licensed authority).
- The doctor prescribed aspirin.
- To specify by writing as a required procedure or ritual; to lay down authoritatively as a guide, direction, or rule of action.
- The property meets the criteria prescribed by the regulations.
- c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene i]:
- Prescribe not us our duties.
- (Can we date this quote by John Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
- Let streams prescribe their fountains where to run.
to order a drug or medical device
to specify as a required procedure or ritual