Part of speech: verb

To declare with authority; command.

Part of speech: verb

To communicate orally, as an amanuensis.

Part of speech: noun

An authoritative suggestion; a rule; maxim; order.

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Usage examples "dictate":

  1. The same dictate from within prompted the rest. - "Miss Theodosia's Heartstrings", 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", 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", George Bruce Malleson.