Pronunciation: (di-krē'), [key]
—n., v., -creed, -cree•ing.
1. a formal and authoritative order, esp. one having the force of law: a presidential decree.
2. Law.a judicial decision or order.
3. Theol.one of the eternal purposes of God, by which events are foreordained.
to command, ordain, or decide by decree.
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