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dictate
used in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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Hitler dictated that...
Definition
issue commands or orders
  • But the eat-sleep routine I had begun in the hospital, and kept up under Mother's dictatorial command, got the better of me.
    p. 289.1

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  • Neither could do without or do with the other; yet the constrictions of conscience and society, morality and ethos dictated a separation.
    p. 257.6
  • She dictated letters to me, advising them both that we were on our way.
    p. 199.6
  • I waited for Fate, the string puller, to dictate my movements.
    p. 247.3

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