To dictate is defined as to command or order something to be done or to say words so they can be taped or written down.(verb)
See dictate in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < L dictatus, pp. of dictare, freq. of dicere, to speak: see diction
See dictate in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb dic·tat·ed, dic·tat·ing, dic·tates verb, transitive
Origin: Latin dictāre, dictāt-
Origin: , frequentative of dīcere, to say; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
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