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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 dic·tate /ˈdɪkˌtet, dɪkˈ/

From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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