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dictate
used in 1984 by Orwell

2 meanings, 3 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
reason dictates
Definition
determine or control what will happen
  • 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.
    p. 187.6
dictates = determines or controls
There are no more uses of "dictate" flagged with this meaning in 1984 by Orwell.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
2  —2 uses as in:
dictate a letter
Definition
say out loud for the purpose of recording
  • Apart from very short notes, it was usual to dictate everything into the speak-write which was of course impossible for his present purpose.
    p. 7.1
dictate = say out loud for the purpose of recording
  • 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...
    p. 46.7
dictating = talking aloud for the purpose of recording
There are no more uses of "dictate" flagged with this meaning in 1984 by Orwell.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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