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The doctor prescribed an antibiotic for the infection.
  of a medical doctor:  to give medical instructions — such as writing that a patient should have antibiotics


to recommend — especially with expertise


to require by rule
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prescription prescribed prescriptions prescribing prescribe prescribes prescriber
Word Confusion:  Though sometimes confused, proscribe is almost the opposite of prescribe.
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  • The doctor prescribed an antibiotic for the infection.
  • The doctor wrote a prescription for an antibiotic.
  • The procedure is prescribed by law.
  • My boss prescribed I take the rest of the week off and start fresh on Monday.

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  • He gave me a prescription.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Milkweed
  • He was doing nothing less now, he thought, then prescribing corrective lenses for Earthling souls.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • Nardo was busy sorting out prescriptions in a cardboard box.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • You shall do that which the Council of Vocations shall prescribe for you.
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • Peter, by the gift of Aslan, by election, by prescription, and by conquest...
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • Only if the doctor prescribes it.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms

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  • The earliest so-called "food expert" was Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, who prescribed all-grape diets and hourly enemas before going on to launch the cereal company.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • Jordan kept her supplied with refills of her prescription, and when the doctor wouldn’t give her any more, he brought these weird-lookin’ shiny red pills and these bright blue-and-yellow pills that I ain’t never seen before.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • prescription for that cough
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • I have a schedule prescription for each hour in the day;
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman  --  The Yellow Wallpaper
  • His room smelled of turpentine, which Doc had prescribed as a liniment for the pulled ligament.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • Mama, of course, noticed the tightening in my face. My bad headaches and asthma attacks worried her. "You need rest," she prescribed one afternoon and sent me to bed in Papa’s room, the coolest in the house.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • she would say to her friends, "Ivan Ilych can’t do as other people do, and keep to the treatment prescribed for him."
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • I’m curious to know her every thought, her diagnosis, her prognosis, her prescription.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • I thought, even then, that this doctor needed the Valium he prescribed for me more than I did.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • He had not filled Dan Gunn’s prescriptions.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • He told Mam he was very sorry for her troubles and he’d give her a prescription for something to ease the pain of the days to come.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • One of my mom’s prescriptions.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • They look so clinical, like something your doctor would prescribe for allergies or intestinal problems.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • Lev was prescribed extra exercise when he arrived a week ago.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • I drove out to the mall yesterday, where about half the town buys drugs, and it’s as easy as picking up a prescription; I know because Noelle told me: Her husband goes there to purchase the occasional joint.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • When Aldous calls a second time I finally kick off the duvet and grab the prescription bottle from the side table.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Tell her about the prescription.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Once the small matter of my temporary madness had been cleared up, Dr. Golan’s function seemed mainly to consist of writing prescriptions.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Once you get to your long-term prison home, the first thing they’ll want to do is assess your psychiatric state . and prescribe you some drugs.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Havel prescribed exactly what our work seemed to require.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • It had been in a cast until a month ago, and the doctors had prescribed painkillers.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • The engines did their best to roar in the prescribed manner, and the plane went bumping across the pressure ridges, lifted unwillingly, and vanished into the overcast.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • You have all your prescriptions?
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • He sent a prescription for a sedative, but Mom didn’t give it to me.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Out of My Mind
  • I just came to drop off some prescription meds for when he gets back.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • With her first paycheck she went for an eye exam, got prescription glasses and the difference in the way she could see felt like a miracle.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • Her mother had been prescribed new medicine and a special diet, and Miss Perumal must go shopping for her.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • It would have been easier, but he couldn’t escape the feeling that one must enter Terabithia only by the prescribed entrance.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Bridge to Terabithia
  • Surely Mr. McSouthers could have had his prescription refilled, or are you implying he committed suicide?
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • It identified a group, and apparently it prescribed ways to behave and react.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • Bernice existed on Social Security disability benefits, food stamps, and the prescription drugs provided to her by TennCare, the state’s noble but misguided effort at providing health care to indigents.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • My mother did the best she could by calling up the doctor’s office and asking what to do and filling the prescription for the ointment for Lucas’s eyes and checking the stumps every day to be sure there was no redness or smell of infection.
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now
  • In addition to my regular glasses, I have special goggles, prescription goggles, for playing sports.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • The shampoos and lotions and balms that used to be at the back of the store I shift to shelves near the pharmacy, so that people filling prescriptions can also buy plasters and ointments.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • But a lot of it is prescription drugs.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Etienne summons a doctor who prescribes rest, aspirin, and aromatic violet comfits.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Besides, who mixes up a cow and a box of prescription meds?
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • I put it on the kitchen table, next to a shoe box full of prescription bottles, in time to see my grandfather coming out of his room.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • In the midst of resolving the most traumatic adjustment I had ever made, I found myself struck with a new and foreign emotion that had not appeared in the prescribed blueprint of the year.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Dr. Blinker prescribed this tonic—but what can medicine really do?
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
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Associated words [difficulty]:   prescribe [1] , proscribe [7]
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