dictate
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈdɪkˌteɪt/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˌdɪkˈteɪt/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈdɪkˌteɪt/
Noun

dictate (plural dictates)

  1. An order or command.
    I must obey the dictates of my conscience.
Translations Verb

dictate (dictates, present participle dictating; past and past participle dictated)

  1. To order, command, control.
    • 2001, Sydney I. Landau, Dictionaries: The Art and Craft of Lexicography, Cambridge University Press ISBN 0-521-78512-X, page 409,
      Trademark Owners will nevertheless try to dictate how their marks are to be represented, but dictionary publishers with spine can resist such pressure.
  2. To speak in order for someone to write down the words.
    She is dictating a letter to a stenographer.
    The French teacher dictated a passage from Victor Hugo.
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