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verb [transitive] prescribe pronunciation in British English /prɪˈskraɪb/
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present tense
present participleprescribing
past tenseprescribed
past participleprescribed
  1. 1
    if a doctor prescribes a drug or treatment, they say you should have it
    The drug should not be taken unless prescribed by a doctor.
    prescribe someone something: He was prescribed a course of antibiotics.
    prescribe something for something: This drug is one of the most commonly prescribed for arthritis.
  2. 2
    formal to state officially what should be done in a particular situation
    All the conditions prescribed by law have been complied with.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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