Dictate - definition, pronunciation, transcription
- a guiding principle
- 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.
present participle: dictating
past tense: dictated
past participle: dictated