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Definition of Dictate


  1. To tell or utter so that another may write down; to inspire; to compose; as, to dictate a letter to an amanuensis.
  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.
  3. To speak as a superior; to command; to impose conditions (on).
  4. To compose literary works; to tell what shall be written or said by another.
  5. 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.

Dictate Quotations

My faith helps me understand that circumstances don't dictate my happiness, my inner peace.
Denzel Washington

We have to nurture our young women and understand the beauty and the strength of being a woman. It's kind of a catch-22: Strength in women isn't appreciated, and vulnerability in women isn't appreciated. It's like, 'What the hell do you do?' What you do is you don't allow anyone to dictate who you are.
Jada Pinkett Smith

No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.
Ansel Adams

I'm at peace with myself. The main thing is not letting people dictate what I do or what I am.
Magic Johnson

I really feel like life will dictate itself. You should allow it to unfold as naturally as possible. Just go with the flow. When you're really desperate, you say a few prayers and hope for the best. That's the way I've always lived my life.
Shania Twain
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Dictate Translations

dictate in Dutch is dicteren
dictate in French is dictons, dictez, dictent, dicter
dictate in German is diktieren, diktiere
dictate in Italian is dettare
dictate in Latin is dicto
dictate in Portuguese is ordem
dictate in Spanish is dictar
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