from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To set down as a rule or guide; enjoin. See Synonyms at dictate.
- transitive v. To order the use of (a medicine or other treatment).
- intransitive v. To establish rules, laws, or directions.
- intransitive v. To order a medicine or other treatment.
- intransitive v. Law To assert a right or title to something on the grounds of prescription.
- intransitive v. Law To become invalidated or unenforceable by the process of prescription.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To order (a drug or medical device) for use by a particular patient.
- v. To specify as a required procedure or ritual.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To lay down authoritatively as a guide, direction, or rule of action; to impose as a peremptory order; to dictate; to appoint; to direct.
- transitive v. To direct, as a remedy to be used by a patient; as, the doctor prescribed quinine.
- intransitive v. To give directions; to dictate.
- intransitive v. To influence by long use.
- intransitive v. To write or to give medical directions; to indicate remedies; as, to prescribe for a patient in a fever.
- intransitive v. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To inscribe beforehand or in front.
- To lay down beforehand, in writing or otherwise, as a rule of action; ordain; appoint; define authoritatively.
- Specifically, to advise, appoint, or designate as a remedy for disease.
- In law, to render invalid through lapse of time or negative prescription.
- Synonyms To order, command, dictate, institute, establish.
- To set rules; lay down the law; dictate.
- To give medical directions; designate the remedies to be used: as, to prescribe for a patient in a fever.
- In law: To claim by prescription; claim a title to a thing by immemorial use and enjoyment: with for: as, to prescribe for a right of way, of common, or the like
- To become extinguished or of no validity through lapse of time, as a right, debt, obligation, and the like. See prescription
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. issue commands or orders for
Middle English prescriben, from Latin praescrībere : prae-, pre- + scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin praescribere, from prae ("before") and scribere ("to write"). (Wiktionary)