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English definition of “prescribe”

prescribe

verb [T] (GIVE RULE)    /prɪˈskraɪb/ formal
to tell someone what they must have or do, or to give something as a rule : Penalties for not paying taxes are prescribed by law . [+ that] The law prescribes that all children must go to school . [+ question word] Grammatical rules prescribe how words may be used together.Giving orders and commands
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