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"decree" in British English

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decreenoun [C or U]

uk   /dɪˈkriː/  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.

decreeverb [T]

uk   /dɪˈkriː/  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.
(Definition of decree from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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decreenoun [C]

 us   /dɪˈkri/
an order or statement of an official decision: He refused to carry out the board’s decree.
decree
verb [T]  us   /dɪˈkri/
[+ that clause] The Olympic charter 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 official statement that something must happen, made by a leader, government, etc.: The Dutch government issued a decree laying 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 that apparel manufacturers - not the retailers themselves - could control the minimum sale price of products.
to officially state that something will happen: Several countries have lured back untaxed assets held abroad by decreeing an amnesty for tax evasion.
(Definition of decree from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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