1. [ noun ] (law,writing) a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)
Synonyms: fiat order rescript edict

"a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there"

Related terms: act prohibition stay imperial_decree curfew decree_nisi programma consent_decree papal_bull legal_separation law rule
2. [ verb ] issue a decree

"The King only can decree"

Related terms: declare declare ordain ordain
3. [ verb ] decide with authority
Synonyms: rule

"The King decreed that all first-born males should be killed"

Related terms: decide overrule rule_out preclude
Similar spelling:   degree