Etymology
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prescribe (v.)

mid-15c., prescriben, "to write down as a direction, law, or rule," from Latin praescribere "write before, prefix in writing; ordain, determine in advance," from prae "before" (see pre-) + scribere "to write" (from PIE root *skribh- "to cut"). Related: Prescribed; prescribing. Medical sense of "advise, appoint, or designate as a remedy for a disease" is from 1580s, probably a back formation from prescription.

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Definitions of prescribe

prescribe (v.)
issue commands or orders for;
Synonyms: order / dictate
prescribe (v.)
recommend as beneficial;
my mother prescribes a good night's sleep as the cure for all ills
prescribe (v.)
(medicine) order the use of (a treatment, medicine, etc.), usually by written prescription;
the doctor prescribed steroids for my ear trouble
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