Definition for PRE-SCRIBE'


  1. To write or give medical directions; to direct what remedies are to be used; as, to prescribe for a patient in a fever.
  2. To give law; to influence arbitrarily. A forwardness to prescribe to the opinions of others. – Locke.
  3. In law, to claim by prescription; to claim a title to a thing by immemorial use and enjoyment; with for. A man may be allowed to prescribe for a right of way, a common or the like; a man can not prescribe for a castle; he can prescribe only for incorporeal hereditaments. – Blackstone.
  4. To influence by long use. [Not in use.] – Brown.

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