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as in: dictate a letter Define
say out loud for the purpose of recording
  • But besides all this, in order that the instrument may not be contested, I am anxious to give it the greatest possible authenticity, therefore, one of my colleagues will help me, and, contrary to custom, will assist in the dictation of the testament.

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  • She dictated a letter to her secretary.
  • She dictated a text message to her phone.

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as in: Hitler dictated that Define
issue commands or orders
  • Lucien having left, Danglars took his place on the sofa, closed the open book, and placing himself in a dreadfully dictatorial attitude, he began playing with the dog; but the animal, not liking him as well as Debray, and attempting to bite him, Danglars seized him by the skin of his neck and threw him upon a couch on the other side of the room.

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  • Reason dictates that we change the policy.
  • Public outrage dictates that the law be changed.

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unspecified meaning
  • "Sit down there," said Villefort, giving up his place to Morrel, "and write what I dictate."
  • Villefort dictated a petition, in which, from an excellent intention, no doubt, Dantes’ patriotic services were exaggerated, and he was made out one of the most active agents of Napoleon’s return.

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  • I extended my hand, and was about to pledge myself by any promise he would dictate, but he stopped me.
  • I left him about five minutes ago, and he is now occupied in dictating his will to two notaries.
  • Villefort shuddered and looked at Monte Cristo as if he wished to read in his countenance the real feelings which had dictated the words he had just uttered.
  • The first thing necessary to render an act valid is, that the notary should be thoroughly convinced that he has faithfully interpreted the will and wishes of the person dictating the act.
  • It is not to be called amiability, it is her duty; a slave does not dictate to a master.
  • Since God himself dictated those words to his prophet, why should I seek to make myself better than God?
  • I hope the world will not call me cowardly for acting as my conscience dictated.
  • Take this pen and paper, and write what I dictate.

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  • No, no, I will be on the ground at the proper time; but in my opinion (and I have a right to dictate the preliminaries, as it is I who have received the provocation)—in my opinion the time ought not to be yet.
  • If it were otherwise—if he treated me diplomatically—that is to say, like a man who wishes, by some means or other, to obtain a footing in the house, so that he may ultimately gain the power of dictating to its occupants—he would, if it had been but once, have honored me with the smile which you extol so loudly; but no, he saw that I was unhappy, he understood that I could be of no use to him, and therefore paid no attention to me whatever.
  • Any other than yourself would have considered the disclosure of M. de Villefort insignificant, or else dictated by venal ambition," These words were an allusion to the sentiments which the minister of police had uttered with so much confidence an hour before.
  • "Albert, my child," said Mercedes, "if I had a stronger heart, that is the counsel I would have given you; your conscience has spoken when my voice became too weak; listen to its dictates.
  • " ’The president again arose, and having imposed silence, said,—"Sir, you are too serious and too sensible a man not to understand the consequences of our present situation, and your candor has already dictated to us the conditions which remain for us to offer you."

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as in: Hitler dictated that Define
issue commands or orders
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say out loud for the purpose of recording
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