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Dictate

Dictate

WordNet



noun


(1)   A guiding principle
"The dictates of reason"
(2)   An authoritative rule

verb


(3)   Say out loud for the purpose of recording
"He dictated a report to his secretary"
(4)   Issue commands or orders for
(5)   Rule as a dictator
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Etymology


From , perfect passive participle of , frequentative of .

Noun



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

Verb



  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.