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Definition of prescribe verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prescribe
    he / she / it prescribes
    past simple prescribed
    -ing form prescribing
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  1. 1(of a doctor) to tell someone to take a particular medicine or have a particular treatment; to write a prescription for a particular medicine, etc. prescribe something Valium is usually prescribed to treat anxiety. prescribe something (for something/somebody) She may be able to prescribe something for that cough.
  2. 2(of a person or an organization with authority) to say what should be done or how something should be done synonym stipulate prescribe something The prescribed form must be completed and returned to this office. prescribe that… Police regulations prescribe that an officer's badge must be clearly visible. prescribe which, what, etc… The syllabus prescribes precisely which books should be read.
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