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Meaning of DICTATE

Pronunciation:  [n]'dikteyt, [v]dik'teyt, dik'teyt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a guiding principle; "the dictates of reason"
  2. [n]  an authoritative rule
  3. [v]  say out loud for the purpose of recording; "He dictated a report to his secretary"
  4. [v]  issue commands or orders for
  5. [v]  rule as a dictator
 

DICTATE is a 7 letter word that starts with D.

 

 Synonyms: order, prescribe
 
 See Also: bring down, govern, grind down, impose, inflict, prescript, principle, read, rule, rule, tyrannise, tyrannize, visit

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Dic"tate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dictated}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Dictating}.] [L. dictatus, p. p. of dictare, freq. of
    dicere to say. See {Diction}, and cf. {Dight}.]
    1. To tell or utter so that another may write down; to
       inspire; to compose; as, to dictate a letter to an
       amanuensis.
    
             The mind which dictated the Iliad.    --Wayland.
    
             Pages dictated by the Holy Spirit.    --Macaulay.
    
    2. 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.
    
             Whatsoever is dictated to us by God must be
             believed.                             --Watts.
    
    Syn: To suggest; prescribe; enjoin; command; point out; urge;
         admonish.
    
    
  2. \Dic"tate\, v. i.
    1. To speak as a superior; to command; to impose conditions
       (on).
    
             Who presumed to dictate to the sovereign.
                                                   --Macaulay.
    
    2. To compose literary works; to tell what shall be written
       or said by another.
    
             Sylla could not skill of letters, and therefore knew
             not how to dictate.                   --Bacon.
    
    
  3. \Dic"tate\, n. [L. dictatum. See {Dictate}, v. t.]
    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.
    
          I credit what the Grecian dictates say.  --Prior.
    
    Syn: Command; injunction; direction suggestion; impulse;
         admonition.
    
    
 
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