Meaning of “decree” in the English Dictionary

"decree" in British English

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decreenoun [ C or U ]

uk /dɪˈkriː/ us /dɪˈkriː/ formal

an official statement that something must happen:

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)

"decree" in American English

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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.
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 /dɪˈkriː/ us

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 /dɪˈkriː/ us

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)