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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.