Dictate a letter.
The dictates of conscience.
An example of dictate is when you order someone to complete tasks on a list.
An example of dictate is when you tell your secretary what to write in a letter for you.
Followed the dictates of my conscience.
Dictated for an hour before leaving for the day.
Origin of dictate
- Latin dictāre dictāt- frequentative of dīcere to say deik- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin dictātus, perfect passive participle of dictō (“pronounce or declare repeatedly; dictate”), frequentative of dīcō (“say, speak”).