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Definition of "dictate" []

  • To say or read aloud to be recorded or written by another: dictate a letter. (verb-transitive)
  • To prescribe with authority; impose: dictated the rules of the game. (verb-transitive)
  • To control or command: "Foreign leaders were . . . dictated by their own circumstances, bound by the universal imperatives of politics” ( Doris Kearns Goodwin). (verb-transitive)
  • To say or read aloud material to be recorded or written by another: dictated for an hour before leaving for the day. (verb-intransitive)
  • To issue orders or commands. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "dictate" in a sentence
  • "Brown is using his tunnel vision on the economy in dictate policy in other areas."
  • "This would have been found unconstitutional if passed anyways, as you cannot dictate from the federal government to the states in this manner."
  • "I guess we should just let McEachin dictate the dialogue for us."