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Meaning of “decree” in the English Dictionary

"decree" in British English

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decreenoun [C or U]

uk   us   /dɪˈkriː/ formal
an ​officialstatement that something must ​happen: The decree ​stoppedshort of a ​fulldeclaration of ​independence. More than 200 ​people were ​freed bymilitary decree.

decreeverb [T]

uk   us   /dɪˈkriː/
to ​officiallydecide 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 ​builtaccording to the new ​standards.
(Definition of decree from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"decree" in American English

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decreenoun [C]

 us   /dɪˈkri/
an ​order or ​statement of an ​officialdecision: He ​refused to ​carry out the board’s decree.
decree
verb [T]  us   /dɪˈkri/
[+ that clause] The ​Olympiccharter decrees that the ​Games be ​opened by a ​head of ​state.
(Definition of decree from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"decree" in Business English

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decreenoun [C]

uk   us   /dɪˈkriː/
LAW a ​judgment that is made in a ​court of ​law: In December a ​court decree ​ended the ​strike.
an ​officialstatement that something must ​happen, made by a ​leader, ​government, etc.: The Dutch ​government issued a decreelaying down strict ​rules on the age of veal calves and how they should be housed. rule/​legislate by decree

decreeverb [T]

uk   us   /dɪˈkriː/
LAW to make a ​judgment in a ​court of ​law: The U.S. Supreme Court ​ruling decreed thatapparelmanufacturers - not the ​retailers themselves - could ​control the ​minimumsaleprice of ​products.
to ​officiallystate that something will ​happen: Several countries have ​lured back untaxed ​assetsheld abroad by decreeing an amnesty for ​taxevasion.
(Definition of decree from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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