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prescribeverb [T]

us   /prɪˈskrɑɪb/
  • prescribe verb [T] (GIVE MEDICAL TREATMENT)

to order treatment for someone, or to say what someone should do or use to treat an illness or injury: Many doctors prescribe aspirin to forestall second heart attacks. 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)







"prescribe" in British English

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prescribeverb

uk   /prɪˈskraɪb/ us   /prɪˈskraɪb/
  • prescribe verb (GIVE MEDICINE)

C2 [T often passive] (of a doctor) to say what medical treatment someone should have: The drug is often prescribed for ulcers. [+ 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 paying taxes 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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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