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. 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.

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

  2. dictate(Verb)

    To order, command, control.

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

  3. dictate(Verb)

    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. 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

How to pronounce dictate?

  1. Alex
    Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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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. 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.

  2. Leader McConnell:

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's delayed this so the architects of the failed House process can reach over into the The Senate and dictate our process as well, house Democrats are treating impeachment like a political toy — like a political toy, treating their own effort to remove our commander-in-chief like a frivolous game.

  3. Sarah Sanders:

    Sarah Sanders certainly didn't dictate, but he -- like I said, Sarah Sanders weighed in, offered suggestion like any father would do.

  4. Richard Evelyn Byrd, Sr.:

    A hand from Washington will be stretched out and placed upon every man’s business; the eye of the Federal inspector will be in every man’s counting house. The law will of necessity have inquisitorial features, it will provide penalties. It will create a complicated machinery. Under it businessmen will be hauled into courts distant from their homes. Heavy fines imposed by distant and unfamiliar tribunals will constantly menace the taxpayer. An army of Federal inspectors, spies and detectives will descend upon the state. They will compel men of business to show their books and disclose the secrets of their affairs. They will dictate forms of bookkeeping. They will require statements and affidavits. On the one hand the inspector can blackmail the taxpayer and on the other, he can profit by selling his secret to his competitor.

  5. Treva Lindsey:

    In that sense, it becomes a space where men still dictate and still have a certain kind of authoritative role in what makes it and what doesn't, and who is and who isn't part of this larger culture.

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