v. pre·scribed, pre·scrib·ing, pre·scribes
1. To set down as a rule, law, or direction: prescribed the terms of the surrender.
2. To order the use of (a medicine or other treatment).
1. To establish rules, laws, or directions.
2. To order a medicine or other treatment.
[Middle English prescriben, from Latin praescrībere : prae-, pre- + scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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