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dictate

[ verb dik-teyt, dik-teyt; noun dik-teyt ]
/ verb 藞d瑟k te瑟t, d瑟k藞te瑟t; noun 藞d瑟k te瑟t /
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Definition of dictate

verb (used with object), dic路tat路ed, dic路tat路ing.
to say or read (something) aloud for another person to transcribe or for a machine to record: to dictate some letters to a secretary.
to prescribe or lay down authoritatively or peremptorily; command unconditionally: to dictate peace terms to a conquered enemy.
verb (used without object), dic路tat路ed, dic路tat路ing.
to say or read aloud something to be written down by a person or recorded by a machine.
to give orders.
noun
an authoritative order or command.
a guiding or governing principle, requirement, etc.: to follow the dictates of one's conscience.

OTHER WORDS FOR dictate

6 bidding, urging, prompting.
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Origin of dictate

1585鈥95; <Latin dict膩tus, past participle of dict膩re to say repeatedly, prescribe, order, frequentative of d墨cere to say

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British Dictionary definitions for dictate

dictate

verb (d瑟k藞te瑟t)
to say (messages, letters, speeches, etc) aloud for mechanical recording or verbatim transcription by another person
(tr) to prescribe (commands) authoritatively
(intr) to act in a tyrannical manner; seek to impose one's will on others
noun (藞d瑟kte瑟t)
an authoritative command
a guiding principle or rulethe dictates of reason

Word Origin for dictate

C17: from Latin dict膩re to say repeatedly, order, from d墨cere to say
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