verb (used with object), dic·tat·ed, dic·tat·ing.
verb (used without object), dic·tat·ed, dic·tat·ing.
- dicrotic wave,
- dictating machine,
Origin of dictate
Examples from the Web for dictated
The remainder is “peculiar” motion: movement of galaxies as dictated by the presence of matter nearby.
I dictated a return note thanking him for the thoughtful gift and encouraging note.
Power in Washington was dictated by seniority for generations.Voters Hate Seniors More Than Crooks; Can Thad Cochran Survive That?|Patricia Murphy|June 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The sentence is dictated by statute and therefore the defendant gets next to no payoff for his guilty plea.
The order of words in a book is dictated by the linear nature of the medium.
Nothing but the truth has dictated these reminiscences, from which I have undoubtedly omitted many things of similar importance.The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi; Volume the first|Count Carlo Gozzi
Inspiration, alone, dictated this masterpiece; it rose from the composer's soul like a cry of love!Massimilla Doni|Honore de Balzac
Then he dictated a short letter to me as to shipping wine from Spain, and when it was sanded, read it carefully.The Virgin of the Sun|H. R. Haggard
This line of conduct is dictated by the difference which exists between a man and a woman.Her Royal Highness Woman|Max O'Rell
Aileen had dictated her mother's choice, and had seen that it had been properly made.The Financier|Theodore Dreiser
Word Origin for dictate
1590s, from Latin dictatum "something dictated," noun use of neuter past participle of dictare (see dictate (v.)).
1590s, "to practice dictation, say aloud for another to write down," from Latin dictatus, past participle of dictare "say often, prescribe," frequentative of dicere "tell, say" (see diction). Sense of "to command" is 1620s. Related: Dictated; dictates; dictating.