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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pre·scribe v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prescribed p. pr & vb. n. Prescribing.]
 1. 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: set down as a rule or guide
      2: fixed or established especially by order or command; "at the
         time appointed (or the appointed time") [syn: appointed,
          decreed, ordained]
      3: conforming to set usage, procedure, or discipline; "in
         prescribed order" [syn: official]
      4: formally laid down or imposed; "positive laws" [syn: positive]