To better see all uses of the word
The Fountainhead
please enable javascript.

Go to New Version of This Page
This old version has not been updated since 2016,
but we're leaving it in case you prefer it.
Show What's New
Please update your links from the new version.
Used In
The Fountainhead
Show Multiple Meanings
Go to Book Vocabulary

as in: Hitler dictated that Define
issue commands or orders
  • We wish Mr. Wynand to realize that the day of dictatorial one-man rule is past.
  • I’m the worst kind of dictator aboard my yacht.

  • Show more
  • But it does not include the sphere of the gangster, the altruist and the dictator.
  • You can ignore that, but it becomes serious when one of our oldest customers, a mild little old lady from Connecticut and a Republican for three generations, calls us to say that perhaps maybe she should cancel her charge account, because somebody told her that Wynand is a dictator.

  • There are no more uses of "dictate" identified with this meaning, but check unspecified meaning below.

    Show samples from other sources
  • Reason dictates that we change the policy.
  • Public outrage dictates that the law be changed.

  • Go to more samples

unspecified meaning
  • No laws had dictated a single detail.
  • It was not as if the draftsman had sat over them, pondering laboriously, piecing together doors, windows and columns, as his whim dictated and as the books prescribed.

  • Show more
  • Roark dictated a letter asking Mallory to telephone his office.
  • I created a great voice and let them dictate the words.
  • Others dictated his convictions, which he did not hold, but he was satisfied that others believed he held them.
  • While we recognize an owner’s right to dictate the policy of his paper on political, sociological or economic issues, we believe that a situation has gone past the limits of decency when an employer expects self-respecting men to espouse the cause of a common criminal.

  • There are no more uses of "dictate" in the book.

To see samples from other sources, click a word sense below:
as in: Hitler dictated that Define
issue commands or orders
as in: dictate a letter Define
say out loud for the purpose of recording
Show Multiple Meanings
Go to Book Vocabulary . . . enhancing vocabulary while reading