What does dictate mean?

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

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word dictate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dictatenoun

    an authoritative rule

  2. dictateverb

    a guiding principle

    "the dictates of reason"

  3. order, prescribe, dictateverb

    issue commands or orders for

  4. dictateverb

    say out loud for the purpose of recording

    "He dictated a report to his secretary"

  5. dictateverb

    rule as a dictator

Wiktionary

  1. dictatenoun

    An order or command.

    I must obey the dictates of my conscience.

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

  2. dictateverb

    To order, command, control.

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

  3. dictateverb

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dictateverb

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

  2. Dictateverb

    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. Dictateverb

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

  4. Dictateverb

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

  5. Dictateverb

    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.]

Matched Categories

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

How to pronounce dictate?

How to say dictate in sign language?

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. Ben Sasse:

    August 31 was a stupid, arbitrary political deadline. The Taliban need to know that they don't dictate the timetable on American lives, we need the President to make absolutely clear that we will finish the mission.

  2. Jerry Nadler:

    There is no middle ground, it's none of the business of a witness to try to dictate try to a congressional committee what our procedures for questioning Jerry Nadler are.

  3. J. G. Ballard:

    Science and technology multiply around us. To an increasing extent they dictate the languages in which we speak and think. Either we use those languages, or we remain mute.

  4. Ryan Hartman:

    We left Cam out to dry a little bit there, a lot of bit, we gave them everything. We had no possession, no work ethic, no battle. We got away from our game, and we let them dictate.

  5. Chairman Nadler:

    Robert Mueller's trying to blackmail House Judiciary Committee, the administration can not dictate the terms of our hearing in our hearing room.

Images & Illustrations of dictate

  1. dictatedictatedictatedictatedictate

Popularity rank by frequency of use

dictate#10000#20832#100000

Translations for dictate

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for dictate »

Translation

Find a translation for the dictate definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Discuss these dictate definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "dictate." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 20 Oct. 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/dictate>.

    Are we missing a good definition for dictate? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Quiz

    Are you a words master?

    »
    the formation of vesicles in or beneath the skin
    • A. occasional
    • B. blistering
    • C. reassuring
    • D. alternate

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for dictate: