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dictate
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1  —as in:
Hitler dictated that
Definition issue commands or orders
  • Reason dictates that we change the policy.
dictates = commands
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Public outrage dictates that the law be changed.
  • dictates = commands
  • By the time I was in high school, my parents seldom dictated to me, but they were very persuasive.
  • The college has rules that dictate what constitutes consent in sexual activity.
  • By then Hitler was effectively a dictator even though that wasn't his title.
  • And once we reach the city, my stylist will dictate my look for the opening ceremonies tonight anyway.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • dictate = control or command
  • I was subject to the dictates of my mind, which gave me the maneuverability of a strait jacket.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • dictates = commands
  • Portions of it are constantly changing hands, and it is the chance of seizing this or that fragment by a sudden stroke of treachery that dictates the endless changes of alignment.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • dictates = controls or commands
  • What is my wisdom, if even the fools can dictate to me?
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • dictate = issue commands
  • Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes;
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence

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2  —as in:
dictate a letter
Definition say out loud for the purpose of recording
  • She dictated a letter to her secretary.
dictated = said out loud for the purpose of recording

(in this case, the implication is that the secretary is writing down what is said and will type it up as a letter to send)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She dictated a text message to her phone.
  • dictated = said out loud for the purpose of recording
  • He is on record now, and is really dictating to Cheever, who writes.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • dictating = talking so that someone else can write what is said
  • Apart from very short notes, it was usual to dictate everything into the speak-write which was of course impossible for his present purpose.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • dictate = say out loud for the purpose of recording
  • Peter dictated as follows:
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • dictated = said out loud for the purpose of recording
  • She wrote at his dictation.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace
  • dictation = saying out loud for the purpose of recording
  • Atticus was speaking easily, with the kind of detachment he used when he dictated a letter.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • dictated = said out loud for the purpose of recording
  • Then Mr. van Daan came in to do some dictating.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • dictating = talk aloud for the purpose of recording in writing
  • Winston thought for a moment, then pulled the speakwrite towards him and began dictating in Big Brother's familiar style: a style at once military and pedantic, and, because of a trick of asking questions and then promptly answering them...
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • One day, I pause during dictation and go to the kitchen to refresh my coffee and I find the two of them watching a movie together.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed

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