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.]
British National Corpus
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
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
They are allowing the Sweden Democrats to dictate the terms of Swedish politics.
Sometimes bankers use business plans where everything gets rosy in the future. We might challenge that but we will never dictate how banks should solve that.
Freedom of speech gives us all the opportunity to express our thoughts and react to them; but does this “ freedom” give “big brother”, the opportunity to dictate our way of life???
The political lesson of Watergate is this Never again must America allow an arrogant, elite guard of political adolescents to by-pass the regular party organization and dictate the terms of a national election.
No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.
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Translations for dictate
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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
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