What does the word dictate mean?

Usage examples for dictate

  1. The same dictate from within prompted the rest. – Miss Theodosia's Heartstrings by Annie Hamilton Donnell
  2. I don't mean to presume to dictate to you in the slightest degree but why did you leave your father's house? – Ulysses by James Joyce
  3. Meeting Eyre Coote as he returned to his quarters, he simply informed him that he had changed his mind and intended to fight, and then proceeded to dictate in his own tent the orders for the advance. – Rulers of India: Lord Clive by George Bruce Malleson