Share this entry

American English: /dəˈkri/
British English: /dɪˈkriː/

Translation of decree in Spanish:


  • 1.1 (command) by royal decree to issue a decree
    promulgar un decreto
    Example sentences
    • However, the announcement must be followed by the promulgation of a presidential decree before it becomes official policy.
    • Soldiers on the distant outposts of empire quickly learned that official decrees and restraining orders took months to arrive and counted for little ‘on the ground’.
    • While a custody decree is an injunctive order, the courts too often fail to apply the principles that are applicable to all other injunctions.
    1.2 (Law)decree nisi/absolute
    sentencia (feminine) provisional/definitiva
    (en un juicio de divorcio)
    Example sentences
    • The applicant wishes to obtain a decree of judicial separation.
    • First of all, when granting a divorce decree, all the judges must instruct parents to be meaningfully involved with child care.
    • In July 2000, the wife issued proceedings in the Irish High Court claiming a decree of judicial separation and other orders.

transitive verb

  • 1.1 (announce, command)
    fate decreed that you and I should meet
    el destino quiso que nos conociéramos
    estaba escrito que teníamos que conocernos
    (especially American English) (Law)
    Example sentences
    • But the executive has decided otherwise, and has decreed that smoking should be banned in all public places.
    • Within a few hours he had issued Directive No. 25, decreeing Yugoslavia's obliteration and assigning secondary roles in its conquest to Italy and Hungary.
    • California passed a law 20 years ago decreeing a proportion of cars would have to be electric powered.

Definition of decree in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources


    Next Score:
    Word of the day sarcasmo
    sarcasm …
    Cultural fact of the day


    Mezcal is an alcoholic drink similar to tequila obtained in Mexico by distilling the juice or aguamiel extracted from roasted tips of the maguey plant. Bottles of mezcal are usually sold containing a gusano, the larva of an insect that lives on the maguey. This is said to enhance the flavor.