an authoritative rule
a guiding principle
"the dictates of reason"
order, prescribe, dictate(verb)
issue commands or orders for
say out loud for the purpose of recording
"He dictated a report to his secretary"
rule as a dictator
An order or command.
I must obey the dictates of my conscience.
To order, command, control.
To speak in order for someone to write down the words.
Origin: From dictatus, perfect passive participle of dicto, frequentative of dico.
to tell or utter so that another may write down; to inspire; to compose; as, to dictate a letter to an amanuensis
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
to speak as a superior; to command; to impose conditions (on)
to compose literary works; to tell what shall be written or said by another
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
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
dik′tāt, v.t. to tell another what to say or write: to communicate with authority: to point out: to command—(arch. Dict).—n. an order, rule, or direction: impulse.—ns. Dictā′tion, act, art, or practice of dictating: overbearing command; Dictā′tor, one invested for a time with absolute authority—originally an extraordinary Roman magistrate:—fem. Dictā′tress, Dictātrix.—adj. Dictatō′rial, like a dictator: absolute: authoritative.—adv. Dictatō′rially.—ns. Dictā′torship, Dic′tature.—adj. Dic′tatory. [L. dictāre, -ātum—dicĕre, to say.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'dictate' in Verbs Frequency: #951
The numerical value of dictate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of dictate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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- командвам, нареждане, заповед, диктувам, нареждам, диктатBulgarian
- Diktat, vorschreiben, bestimmen, diktieren, GebotGerman
- parancs, tollba mond, diktál, diktátumHungarian
- podyktować, dyktowaćPolish
- ditar, ordem, controlar, comando, ordenar, comandarPortuguese
- диктовать, предписывать, веление, командовать, диктатRussian
- Ra lệnhVietnamese
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