prescribe (something) for (someone or something)

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prescribe (something) for (someone or something)

1. To write a prescription of medicine for someone. He prescribed a mild pain sedative for Daniel to help him sleep.
2. To write a prescription of medicine to treat a particular illness, ailment, or disease. Can you prescribe anything for my insomnia?
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prescribe something for someone

to order a medication to be given to or sold to someone. I asked the doctor to prescribe a painkiller for me. What can you prescribe for me for this illness?
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prescribe something for something

to suggest or recommend something for a particular disease. Could you prescribe something for my cold? What can you prescribe for this illness?
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Seward to prescribe something for me which would make me sleep, only that I fear to alarm them.
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"There is a lot of difference between those saying that it does not help to prescribe opioids and the doctor who feels that he must prescribe something for pain relief to a pain sufferer who is sitting in front of him and asking for help."