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.
adj : determined or decided upon as by an authority; "date and
place are already determined"; "the dictated terms of
surrender"; "the time set for the launching" [syn: determined,