Definitions for: Dictate

[n] a guiding principle; "the dictates of reason"
[n] an authoritative rule
[v] say out loud for the purpose of recording; "He dictated a report to his secretary"
[v] issue commands or orders for
[v] rule as a dictator

Webster (1913) Definition: 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

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;

Dic"tate, v. i.
1. To speak as a superior; to command; to impose conditions

Who presumed to dictate to the sovereign.

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.

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;

Synonyms: order, prescribe

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

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