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as in: Hitler dictated that Define
issue commands or orders
  • Vida Sherwin’s dictatorial voice cut through, took control of the revolution: "Tut, tut, tut, tut!

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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
  • I went to a denominational college and learned that since dictating the Bible, and hiring a perfect race of ministers to explain it, God has never done much but creep around and try to catch us disobeying it.
  • She filed correspondence all day; then she dictated answers to letters of inquiry.

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  • But in September, when the year was at its richest, custom dictated that it was time to return to town; to remove the children from the waste occupation of learning the earth, and send them back to lessons about the number of potatoes which (in a delightful world untroubled by commission-houses or shortages in freight-cars) William sold to John.
  • And their wives I says to them, "Tain’t my affair to decide what you should or should not do with your teachers,’ I says, ’and I ain’t presuming to dictate in any way, shape, manner, or form.

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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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