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decree (s) (noun), decrees (pl)
1. An order with the power of legislation that is declared by a ruler or another person or group that has government authority: The decrees that abolished slavery were meant to establish the foundations of a nation committed to equality for all people.
2. A ruling that is given by a court or legislature regarding legal actions: The state government sent out an official decree that any foreign immigrants who wanted to live and work in California had to have a legal passport.
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decree (verb), decrees; decreed; decreeing (verbs)
1. To proclaim, to declare, or to pronounce something by an authority.
2. A statement presented by a court of law regarding a legal action.
3. Etymology: used since 1303, from Old French decre, a variant of decret; from Latin decretum, neuter of decretus, from decernere, "to decree, to decide, to pronounce a decision"; from de-, "down" + cernere, "to separate".
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decree, degree
decree (di KREE) (noun)
An official order, edict, or decision; as of a church, government, or court: The government issued a decree to the effect that everyone should conserve water during the summer.
degree (di GREE) (noun)
1. Any of successive steps or states in a process or series; relative intensity: In the television court room drama, the lawyers gave the witness the third degree, asking intense questions.
2. A unit of measure on a scale: The students could measure the degrees of heat generated during their experiment using the temperature scale.
3. An academic title given to students who complete a prescribed course of study at a college or university, etc.: Ernestine was very proud of her science degree from the famous university.

The decree from the university announced to the world that Darin had achieved his academic degree in science during which he discovered a new degree for measuring vapor.