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decree

noun [C or U] uk   us   /dɪˈkriː/ formal
an official statement that something must happen: The decree stopped short of a full declaration of independence. More than 200 people were freed by military decree.

decree

verb [T] uk   us   /dɪˈkriː/
to officially decide or order that something must happen: They decreed an end to discrimination on grounds of age. [+ that] After the earthquake, the government decreed that all new buildings must be built according to the new standards.
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