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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: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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,