Pre*scribe" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prescribed (?); p. pr & vb. n. Prescribing.] [L. praescribere, praescriptum; prae before + scriebe to write. See Scribe.]


To lay down authoritatively as a guide, direction, or rule of action; to impose as a peremptory order; to dictate; to appoint; to direct.

Prescribe not us our duties. Shak.

Let streams prescribe their fountains where to run. Dryden.

2. Med.

To direct, as a remedy to be used by a patient; as, the doctor prescribed quinine.

Syn. -- To appoint; order; command; dictate; ordain; institute; establish.


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Pre*scribe", v. i.


To give directions; to dictate.

A forwardness to prescribe to their opinions. Locke.


To influence by long use


Sir T. Browne.

3. Med.

To write or to give medical directions; to indicate remedies; as, to prescribe for a patient in a fever.

4. Law

To claim by prescription; to claim a title to a thing on the ground of immemorial use and enjoyment, that is, by a custom having the force of law.


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