Prescribe

Definition of Prescribe

Pre`scribe´
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Prescribed ; p. pr & vb. n. Prescribing.]
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.
Prescribe not us our duties.
- Shak.
Let streams prescribe their fountains where to run.
- Dryden.
2.(Med.) To direct, as a remedy to be used by a patient; as, the doctor prescribed quinine.
v. i.1.To give directions; to dictate.
A forwardness to prescribe to their opinions.
- Locke.
2.To influence by long use
3.(Med.) To write or to give medical directions; to indicate remedies; as, to prescribe for a patient in a fever.
4.(Law) 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.

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