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prescribe
used in Moby Dick

2 uses
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Definition
of a medical doctor:  to give medical instructions — such as writing that a patient should have antibiotics

or:

to recommend — especially with expertise

or:

to require by rule
  • They it was who by universal prescription commanded three of the Pequod's boats as headsmen.
    Chapters 25-27 -- Postscript; Knights and Squires; Knights and Squires (72% in)
  • The straight warp of necessity, not to be swerved from its ultimate course—its every alternating vibration, indeed, only tending to that; free will still free to ply her shuttle between given threads; and chance, though restrained in its play within the right lines of necessity, and sideways in its motions directed by free will, though thus prescribed to by both, chance by turns rules either, and has the last featuring blow at events.
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (24% in)

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