De*cree" (?), n. [OE. decre, F. d'ecret, fr. L. decretum, neut. decretus, p. p. of decernere to decide; de- + cernere to decide. See Certain, and cf. Decreet, Decretal.]


An order from one having authority, deciding what is to be done by a subordinate; also, a determination by one having power, deciding what is to be done or to take place; edict, law; authoritative ru decision.

"The decrees of Venice."


There went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. Luke ii. 1.

Poor hand, why quiverest thou at this decree? Shak.

2. Law (a)

A decision, order, or sentence, given in a cause by a court of equity or admiralty.


A determination or judgment of an umpire on a case submitted to him.


3. Eccl.

An edict or law made by a council for regulating any business within their jurisdiction; as, the decrees of ecclesiastical councils.

Syn. -- Law; regulation; edict; ordinance. See Law.


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De*cree" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decreed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Decreeing.]


To determine judicially by authority, or by decree; to constitute by edict; to appoint by decree or law; to determine; to order; to ordain; as, a court decrees a restoration of property.

Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee. Job xxii. 28.


To ordain by fate.


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De*cree", v. i.

To make decrees; -- used absolutely.

Father eternal! thine is to decree; Mine, both in heaven and earth to do thy will. Milton.


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