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Meaning of “prescribe” in the English Dictionary

"prescribe" in British English

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prescribeverb

uk   us   /prɪˈskraɪb/

prescribe verb (GIVE MEDICINE)

C2 [T often passive] (of a ​doctor) to say what ​medicaltreatment someone should have: The ​drug is often prescribed forulcers. [+ two objects] I've been prescribed ​painkillers.
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prescribe verb (MAKE RULE)

[T] formal to ​tell someone what they must have or do, or to make a ​rule of something: Penalties for not ​payingtaxes 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.
(Definition of prescribe from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"prescribe" in American English

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prescribeverb [T]

 us   /prɪˈskrɑɪb/

prescribe verb [T] (GIVE MEDICAL TREATMENT)

to ​ordertreatment for someone, or to say what someone should do or use to ​treat an ​illness or ​injury: Many ​doctors prescribe ​aspirin to ​forestall second ​heartattacks. My ​doctor prescribed ​rest and gave me a ​painkiller for my ​knee.

prescribe verb [T] (GIVE RULE)

to ​tell someone what he or she must have or do, or to give as a ​rule: A ​secretary of ​education cannot and should not prescribe the ​curriculum of the nation’s ​colleges.
(Definition of prescribe from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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