Definitions for dictateˈdɪk teɪt, dɪkˈteɪt; ˈdɪk teɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dictate(noun)

    an authoritative rule

  2. dictate(verb)

    a guiding principle

    "the dictates of reason"

  3. order, prescribe, dictate(verb)

    issue commands or orders for

  4. dictate(verb)

    say out loud for the purpose of recording

    "He dictated a report to his secretary"

  5. dictate(verb)

    rule as a dictator


  1. dictate(Noun)

    An order or command.

    I must obey the dictates of my conscience.

  2. dictate(Verb)

    To order, command, control.

  3. dictate(Verb)

    To speak in order for someone to write down the words.

  4. Origin: From dictatus, perfect passive participle of dicto, frequentative of dico.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dictate(verb)

    to tell or utter so that another may write down; to inspire; to compose; as, to dictate a letter to an amanuensis

  2. Dictate(verb)

    to say; to utter; to communicate authoritatively; to deliver (a command) to a subordinate; to declare with authority; to impose; as, to dictate the terms of a treaty; a general dictates orders to his troops

  3. Dictate(verb)

    to speak as a superior; to command; to impose conditions (on)

  4. Dictate(verb)

    to compose literary works; to tell what shall be written or said by another

  5. Dictate(verb)

    a statement delivered with authority; an order; a command; an authoritative rule, principle, or maxim; a prescription; as, listen to the dictates of your conscience; the dictates of the gospel

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dictate' in Verbs Frequency: #951

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven:

    They are allowing the Sweden Democrats to dictate the terms of Swedish politics.

  2. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Don't be a leader to dictate, but be a person whom everyone wants to emulate and follow.

  3. Eric Wilkey:

    We let the market dictate how hard we run the plant. The market tells us not to run at capacity.

  4. Toby Ryland:

    In reality, many of the UK's double tax treaties with other countries dictate where profits can be taxed.

  5. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan:

    Common sense would dictate that any records that may be helpful for an investigation should be preserved.

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Translations for dictate

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • командвам, нареждане, заповед, диктувам, нареждам, диктатBulgarian
  • diktovatCzech
  • Diktat, vorschreiben, bestimmen, diktieren, GebotGerman
  • sanellaFinnish
  • dicterFrench
  • deachtaighIrish
  • הכתיבHebrew
  • parancs, tollba mond, diktál, diktátumHungarian
  • mendikteIndonesian
  • podyktować, dyktowaćPolish
  • ditar, ordem, controlar, comando, ordenar, comandarPortuguese
  • диктовать, предписывать, веление, командовать, диктатRussian
  • diktahanTagalog
  • 主宰Chinese

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