Definition of decree :
1. A decision, order, or sentence, given in a cause by a court of equity or admiralty.
2. A determination or judgment of an umpire on a case submitted to him.
3. An edict or law made by a council for regulating any business within their jurisdiction; as, the decrees of ecclesiastical councils.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. To make decrees; - used absolutely.
7. To ordain by fate.
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enact (part of speech: verb)
- The case was carried to the Supreme Court which by a vote of five to four, affirmed the decree of the lower court. - "History of the United States, Volume 6 (of 6)", E. Benjamin Andrews.
- There were Bavarian soldiers here to- day; they gave me a new decree, and ordered me to obey it under pain of death. - "Andreas Hofer", Lousia Muhlbach.
- They mustered a force for their own protection, and that same day passed a decree that the viceroy should be arrested. - "History-of-the-Conquest-of-Peru-with-a-preliminary-view-of-the-civilization-of-the-Incas", Prescott, William Hickling.