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noun 
  1. An order or command.
I must obey the dictates of my conscience.
verb (dictat, ing)
  1. To order, command, control.
My boss thinks he can how I spend my time outside work hours.
The bad weather dictated the route we travelled.
  1. To speak in order for someone to write down the words.
She is dictating a letter to a stenographer.
The French teacher dictated a passage from Victor Hugo.
Etymology: 
  • From Latin dictatum, past participle of dictare, the frequentative derived from dicere, "to say".



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