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prescribe

verb [T]  /prɪˈskrɑɪb/ us  

prescribe verb [T] (GIVE MEDICAL TREATMENT)

to order treatment for someone, or to say what someone should do or use to treat an illness or injury: Many doctors prescribe aspirin to forestall second heart attacks. My doctor prescribed rest and gave me a painkiller for my knee.

prescribe verb [T] (GIVE RULE)

to tell someone what he or she must have or do, or to give as a rule: A secretary of education cannot and should not prescribe the curriculum of the nation’s colleges.
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