verb (used with object), dic·tat·ed, dic·tat·ing.
verb (used without object), dic·tat·ed, dic·tat·ing.
Origin of dictate
Examples from the Web for dictate
Because the federal government really should dictate all that, right?Now Let’s Replace All the Other Big-Spending Eric Cantors|Nick Gillespie|June 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Because of rising gas prices, economics will dictate growing food closer to the consumer year round.America’s Next Agricultural Revolution Will Happen Indoors|Sarah Kunst|April 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The news possesses “the power to dictate what our idea of ‘other people’ will be like.”What is the News? Whatever Alain de Botton Thinks It Is|Robert Herritt|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And these algorithms can dictate behavior and then punish players who dismiss them.
Julius Caesar was supposedly able to dictate two letters at the same time to different scribes.
Mrs. Smedley has no right to dictate to us all, and to work Carrie in the way she does.Esther|Rosa Nouchette Carey
But what right have they to dictate to other nations, to say you shall do this, and shall not do that?A Middy of the Slave Squadron|Harry Collingwood
There she left me, and he began to dictate at once as I settled myself to write.The Adventures of Harry Revel|Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
It might dictate to us the peace we should accept, or withdraw its aids.
You—you dare try and control my actions—you, whom I could crush like a blue-bottle—attempt to dictate to me!