dic·tate /ˈdɪkˌtet, dɪkˈ/
Dic·tate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dictated; p. pr. & vb. n. Dictating.]
1. To tell or utter so that another may write down; to inspire; to compose; as, to dictate a letter to an amanuensis.
The mind which dictated the Iliad. --Wayland.
Pages dictated by the Holy Spirit. --Macaulay.
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.
Whatsoever is dictated to us by God must be believed. --Watts.
Syn: -- To suggest; prescribe; enjoin; command; point out; urge; admonish.
Dic·tate, 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.
Sylla could not skill of letters, and therefore knew not how to dictate. --Bacon.
Dic·tate n. 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.
I credit what the Grecian dictates say. --Prior.
Syn: -- Command; injunction; direction suggestion; impulse; admonition.
n 1: an authoritative rule
2: a guiding principle; "the dictates of reason"
v 1: issue commands or orders for [syn: order, prescribe]
2: say out loud for the purpose of recording; "He dictated a
report to his secretary"
3: rule as a dictator