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dictate
used in 1776

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Hitler dictated that...
Definition
issue commands or orders
  • Indeed, for a period of six months the Congress at Baltimore had made him a virtual dictator.
    p. 286.3

There are no more uses of "dictate" flagged with this meaning in 1776.

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  • The letter had been dictated to Joseph Reed and sent off by express rider in a dispatch case into which Reed put a letter of his own to Lee.
    p. 248.4
  • In a letter to Lund Washington he would later write, "Had I been left to the dictates of my own judgment, New York should have been laid in ashes."
    p. 206.9

There are no more uses of "dictate" in 1776.

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