Definition of decree verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

decree

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dɪˈkriː//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈkriː//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they decree
BrE BrE//dɪˈkriː//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈkriː//
 
he / she / it decrees
BrE BrE//dɪˈkriːz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈkriːz//
 
past simple decreed
BrE BrE//dɪˈkriːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈkriːd//
 
past participle decreed
BrE BrE//dɪˈkriːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈkriːd//
 
-ing form decreeing
BrE BrE//dɪˈkriːɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈkriːɪŋ//
 
 
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(decreeing, decreed, decreed) [transitive, intransitive] to decide, judge or order something officially decree (something) The government decreed a state of emergency. decree what, how, etc… We cannot decree what the committee should do. it is decreed that… It was decreed that the following day would be a holiday. Word Origin Middle English (denoting an order issued by an ecclesiastical council to settle a point of doctrine or discipline): from Old French decre, decret, from Latin decretum ‘something decided’, from decernere ‘decide’.Extra examples Fate had decreed that they would never meet again. It was decreed that the following day should be a holiday. They had decreed where I should live and what work I should do.
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