verb (used with object), dic·tat·ed, dic·tat·ing.
verb (used without object), dic·tat·ed, dic·tat·ing.
Origin of dictate
Synonyms for dictate
Related Words for dictatingimpose, prescribe, guide, govern, speak, control, decree, set, lead, bid, manage, pronounce, direct, rule, ordain, charge, regiment, enjoin, instruct, bulldoze
Examples from the Web for dictating
Contemporary Examples of dictating
I made my way, on hands and knees, to a bed near the dictating voice.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
And he would — Clinton would get very deeply involved in editing the drafts and dictating new language.Clinton, Bush, and Obama Speechwriters on How They Made the State of the Union Address
January 27, 2014
So the first step is reading and interviewing, then dictating my notes.How I Write: Jared Diamond
November 20, 2013
Even in his letters, dictating his letters, he would say everything twice.Murder, Sex, and the Writing Life: Norman Mailer’s Biography
Ronald K. Fried
November 19, 2013
John Gielgud, says Welles, “used to play Shakespeare as though he were dictating it to his secretary.”Go Fuck Yourself
July 18, 2013
Historical Examples of dictating
Yet the superscription is of his dictating, I dare say, for he is a formal wretch.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
He found him dictating to his secretary, a great pile of letters before him.The Destroyer
Burton Egbert Stevenson
Is there any objection to my dictating a letter to Miss Winthrop?The Wall Street Girl
Frederick Orin Bartlett
You don't set up the pretension of dictating to me what I am to do with what's my own.A Set of Six
You don't set up the pretension of dictating to me what I am to do with what is my own.The Point Of Honor
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.