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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.

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  • 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.

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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
  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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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