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Dictate

Dic´tate
v. t.1.To tell or utter so that another may write down; to inspire; to compose; as, to dictate a letter to an amanuensis.
[imp. & p. p. Dictated; p. pr. & vb. n. Dictating.]
2.To say; to utter; to communicate authoritatively; to deliver (a command) to a subordinate; to declare with authority; to impose; as, to dictate the terms of a treaty; a general dictates orders to his troops.
v. i.1.To speak as a superior; to command; to impose conditions (on).
Who presumed to dictate to the sovereign.
- Macaulay.
2.To compose literary works; to tell what shall be written or said by another.
n.1.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.
Noun1.dictate - an authoritative rule
2.dictate - a guiding principle; "the dictates of reason"
Verb1.dictate - issue commands or orders for
Synonyms: prescribe, order
2.dictate - say out loud for the purpose of recording; "He dictated a report to his secretary"
3.dictate - rule as a dictator

TO DICTATE. To pronounce word for word what is destined to be at the same time written by another. Merlin Rep. mot Suggestion, p. 5 00; Toull. Dr. Civ. Fr. liv. 3, t. 2, c. 5, n. 410.

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