Definition of Dictate

1. Noun. An authoritative rule.

Generic synonyms: Prescript, Rule



2. Verb. Issue commands or orders for.
Exact synonyms: Order, Prescribe
Generic synonyms: Bring Down, Impose, Inflict, Visit
Specialized synonyms: Mandate
Derivative terms: Dictation, Dictator, Order, Order, Prescription, Prescriptive

3. Noun. A guiding principle. "The dictates of reason"
Generic synonyms: Principle

4. Verb. Say out loud for the purpose of recording. "He dictated a report to his secretary"
Generic synonyms: Read
Derivative terms: Dictation, Dictation, Dictator

5. Verb. Rule as a dictator.
Generic synonyms: Govern, Rule
Specialized synonyms: Grind Down, Tyrannise, Tyrannize
Derivative terms: Dictation, Dictator

Definition of Dictate

1. v. t. To tell or utter so that another may write down; to inspire; to compose; as, to dictate a letter to an amanuensis.

2. v. i. To speak as a superior; to command; to impose conditions (on).

3. n. A statement delivered with authority; an order; a command; an authoritative rule, principle, or maxim; a prescription; as, listen to the dictates of your conscience; the dictates of the gospel.

Definition of Dictate

1. Noun. An order or command. ¹

2. Verb. To order, command, control. ¹

3. Verb. To speak in order for someone to write down the words. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Dictate

1. to read aloud for recording [v -TATED, -TATING, -TATES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dictate

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Literary usage of Dictate

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1. English Synonymes Explained in Alphabetical Order: With Copious by George Crabb (1881)
"To dictate amounts even to more than to command ; it signifies commanding with ... To dictate implies an entire subserviency in the person dictated to : to ..."

2. The Works of President Edwards by Jonathan Edwards (1844)
"But this is absurd ; for it is to make the determination of choice prior to the dictate of the Understanding, and the ground of it, Strich cannot consist ..."

3. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (1882)
"Between Barton and Delaford there was that constant communication which strong family affection would naturally dictate; ..."

4. The Novels of Jane Austen by Jane Austen (1892)
"Between Barton and Delaford, there was that constant communication which strong family affection would naturally dictate ; and among the merits and the ..."

5. The Works of President Edwards by Jonathan Edwards, David Brainerd (1830)
"But this is absurd ; for it is to make the determination of choice prior to the dictate of Understanding, and the ground of it; which cannot consist with ..."

6. The Works of President Edwards: With a Memoir of His Life by Jonathan Edwards, Sereno Edwards Dwight (1829)
"But tin- is absurd ; for it is to make the determination of choice prior to the dictate of Understanding, and the ground of it; which cannot consist with ..."

7. Crabb's English Synonyms by George. Crabb (1917)
"Suggestion signifies the thing suggested, and conveys the idea of its being proposed secretly or in a gentle manner. dictate, PRESCRIBE. ..."

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