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
Politicians can't dictate where things are done.
Authorities should not dictate the location of firms.
They are allowing the Sweden Democrats to dictate the terms of Swedish politics.
This is our f**king city, and nobody's going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong.
Don't be a leader to dictate, but be a person whom everyone wants to emulate and follow.
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Translations for dictate
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- 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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