What does dictate mean?

Definitions for dictate
ˈdɪk teɪt, dɪkˈteɪt; ˈdɪk teɪtdic·tate

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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

Wiktionary

  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dictate

    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, -ātumdicĕre, to say.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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How to say dictate in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dictate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dictate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of dictate in a Sentence

  1. Abraham Lincoln:

    Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in. That everyone may receive at least a moderate education appears to be an objective of vital importance.

  2. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan:

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

  3. Ansel Adams:

    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.

  4. Liam Phillips:

    You are basically eight meters up, lined up with seven other guys and then you go, it's a bit like a 100m sprint but there are no lanes. It's a fight to get to the first corner, then after that you can move to the best line and dictate a little bit.

  5. Igor Sechin:

    The 1970s, when a series of the largest Middle East producers could determine global oil market conditions by creating cartel structures such as OPEC, should be forgotten, at the moment a number of objective factors exclude the possibility for any cartels to dictate their will to the market. ... As for OPEC, it has practically stopped existing as a united organisation.

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