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decree

noun [C or U] uk   /dɪˈkriː/ formal us  
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.

decree

verb [T] uk   /dɪˈkriː/ us  
to officially decide or order that something must happen: They decreed an end to discrimination on grounds of age. [+ that] The local council has decreed that the hospital should close.
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