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.
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,
3: conforming to set usage, procedure, or discipline; "in
prescribed order" [syn: official]
4: formally laid down or imposed; "positive laws" [syn: positive]