Dictate Dic"tate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dictated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dictating}.] [L. dictatus, p. p. of dictare, freq. of dicere to say. See {Diction}, and cf. {Dight}.] 1. To tell or utter so that another may write down; to inspire; to compose; as, to dictate a letter to an amanuensis. [1913 Webster]

The mind which dictated the Iliad. --Wayland. [1913 Webster]

Pages dictated by the Holy Spirit. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Whatsoever is dictated to us by God must be believed. --Watts.

Syn: To suggest; prescribe; enjoin; command; point out; urge; admonish. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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