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dictate
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The Mill on the Floss
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as in: dictate a letter Define
say out loud for the purpose of recording
  • She didn’t think her father was ill, because the letter had come at his dictation from the office at St. Ogg’s.

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

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unspecified meaning
  • Tulliver’s not a man to be dictated to,—not if I was to go to the parson and get by heart what I should tell my husband for the best.
  • When one of the family was in trouble or sickness, all the rest went to visit the unfortunate member, usually at the same time, and did not shrink from uttering the most disagreeable truths that correct family feeling dictated; if the illness or trouble was the sufferer’s own fault, it was not in the practice of the Dodson family to shrink from saying so.

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  • "Well, you’re like me in that, Bessy," said Mrs. Pullet; "and I think it ’ud be a deal more becoming o’ Jane if she’d have that pier-glass rubbed oftener,—there was ever so many spots on it last week,—instead o’ dictating to folks as have more comings in than she ever had, and telling ’cause what they’re to do with their money.

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