- An order or command.
verb (dictat, ing)
- I must obey the dictates of my conscience.
- 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.
- 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.
- From Latin dictatum, past participle of dictare, the frequentative derived from dicere, "to say".
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