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Definition of Dictate

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

Man wants to live, but it is useless to hope that this desire will dictate all his actions.
Albert Camus

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

Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.
Douglas MacArthur

As long as habit and routine dictate the pattern of living, new dimensions of the soul will not emerge.
Henry Van Dyke

I don't think that it's up to government to dictate what people should wear.
Richard Dawkins
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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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