AskDefine | Define prescribe

Dictionary Definition

prescribe v : issue commands or orders for [syn: order, dictate]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • a UK /ˈpɹə.skɹaɪb/ /"pr@.skraIb/ or /ˈpɹɪi.skɹaɪb/ /"pri:.skraIb//
    • the latter pronunciation is used for added distinction from proscribe.
    Rhymes: -aɪb


  1. To order (a drug or medical device) for use by a particular patient.
  2. To specify as a required procedure or ritual.
to order a drug or medical device
to specify as a required procedure or ritual
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Extensive Definition

Prescription has various meanings.
See also Proscription''
prescribe in Spanish: prescripción
prescribe in French: Prescription
prescribe in Hebrew: מרשם

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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