dictate [ verb dik-teyt, dik- teyt; noun dik-teyt] SYNONYMS | WORD ORIGIN verb (used with object), dic·tat·ed, dic·tat·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·tat·ed, dic·tat·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. Origin of dictate 1585–95; < Latin dictātus, past participle of dictāre to say repeatedly, prescribe, order, frequentative of dīcere to say Related forms dic·tat·ing·ly, adverb mis·dic·tat·ed, adjective pre·dic·tate, verb (used with object), pre·dic·tat·ed, pre·dic·tat·ing. re·dic·tate, verb, re·dic·tat·ed, re·dic·tat·ing. un·dic·tat·ed, adjective Synonyms for dictate 6
, urging, prompting.
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British Dictionary definitions for predictated verb ( dɪkˈteɪt) 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 ( ˈdɪkteɪt) an authoritative command a guiding principle or rule the dictates of reason Word Origin for dictate
C17: from Latin
dictāre to say repeatedly, order, from dīcere to say
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Word Origin and History for predictated n.
1590s, from Latin
dictatum "something dictated," noun use of neuter past participle of dictare (see dictate (v.)). 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.
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