Dictate meaning

dĭktāt, dĭk-tāt
To say or read aloud to be recorded or written by another.

Dictate a letter.

verb
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To issue orders or commands.
verb
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An order or command.

I must obey the dictates of my conscience.

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

She is dictating a letter to a stenographer.

The French teacher dictated a passage from Victor Hugo.

verb
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2
A guiding principle or requirement.

The dictates of conscience.

noun
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verb
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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.

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.

verb
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A directive; a command.
noun
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A guiding principle.

Followed the dictates of my conscience.

noun
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To speak or read (something) aloud for someone else to write down.
verb
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To prescribe or command forcefully.
verb
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To impose or give (orders) with or as with authority.
verb
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To give (orders or instructions) arbitrarily.
verb
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An authoritative command.
noun
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To say or read aloud material to be recorded or written by another.

Dictated for an hour before leaving for the day.

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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”).

    From Wiktionary