WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
de•cree /dɪˈkri/USA pronunciation n., v., -creed, -cree•ing.
n. 
    [countable]
  1. a formal order usually having the force of law:a presidential decree.
  2. Lawa judicial decision or order:The judge issued a decree forbidding him to leave the state.

v. 
  • to command, order, or decide by or as if by decree: [ + obj]:The king decreed an amnesty.[ + (that) clause]:The judge decreed that the parent could visit the children five times a year.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    decree /dɪˈkriː/ n
    1. an edict, law, etc, made by someone in authority
    2. an order or judgment of a court made after hearing a suit, esp in matrimonial proceedings
    vb (decrees, decreeing, decreed)
    1. to order, adjudge, or ordain by decree
    Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French decre, from Latin dēcrētum ordinance, from dēcrētus decided, past participle of dēcernere to determine; see decern



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