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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dictate  \Dic"tate\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  speak  as  a  superior;  to  command;  to  impose  conditions 
  (on). 
 
  Who  presumed  to  dictate  to  the  sovereign. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  2.  To  compose  literary  works  to  tell  what  shall  be  written 
  or  said  by  another. 
 
  Sylla  could  not  skill  of  letters,  and  therefore  knew 
  not  how  to  dictate.  --Bacon. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dictate  \Dic"tate\,  n.  [L.  dictatum  See  {Dictate},  v.  t.] 
  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. 
 
  I  credit  what  the  Grecian  dictates  say  --Prior. 
 
  Syn:  Command;  injunction;  direction  suggestion;  impulse; 
  admonition. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dictate  \Dic"tate\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Dictated};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Dictating}.]  [L.  dictatus  p.  p.  of  dictare,  freq.  of 
  dicere  to  say  See  {Diction},  and  cf  {Dight}.] 
  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  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dictate 
  n  1:  an  authoritative  rule 
  2:  a  guiding  principle:  "the  dictates  of  reason" 
  v  1:  issue  commands  or  orders  for  [syn:  {order},  {prescribe}] 
  2:  read  out  loud  for  the  purpose  of  recording 
  3:  rule  as  a  dictator 




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