Dictate - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈdɪkteɪt|  American pronunciation of the word dictate
Brit.  |dɪkˈteɪt|  British pronunciation of the word dictate


- an authoritative rule
- a guiding principle


- issue commands or orders for (syn: order, prescribe)
- say out loud for the purpose of recording
- rule as a dictator


She's dictating a letter to her secretary.

They insisted on being able to dictate the terms of surrender.

Tradition dictates that the youngest member should go first.

The basket's function dictates its size and shape.

...a starchily worded dictate from on high concerning the company's dress code...

No person of a strong character likes to be dictated to.

She's dictating a letter to her secretary right now.

The media cannot be allowed to dictate to the government.

Can they dictate how the money will be spent?

Federal funds have to be used as dictated by Washington.

Islamic custom dictates that women should be fully covered.

The US government attempted to dictate the terms of the agreement.

Funds dictate what we can do.

The laws of physics dictate that what goes up must come down.

The massive publicity dictated a response from the city government.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: dictate
he/she/it: dictates
present participle: dictating
past tense: dictated
past participle: dictated
singular: dictate
plural: dictates
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