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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌdɪkˈteɪt/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈdɪkˌteɪt/
- Rhymes: -eɪt
dictate (plural dictates)
an order or command
- To order, command, control.
- 2001, Sydney I. Landau, Dictionaries: The Art and Craft of Lexicography, Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 409:
- Trademark Owners will nevertheless try to dictate how their marks are to be represented, but dictionary publishers with spine can resist such pressure.
- To speak in order for someone to write down the words.
- She is dictating a letter to a stenographer.
- The French teacher dictated a passage from Victor Hugo.
- To determine or decisively affect.
- 1837, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], “Return to Courtenaye Hall”, in Ethel Churchill: Or, The Two Brides. […], volume III, London: Henry Colburn, […], →OCLC, page 151:
- He had offered, and been refused! There was that in her own nature, which sympathised with the pride, for such she held to be the motive, dictating the refusal.
- 1961 December, “The Channel Tunnel—a realistic proposal”, in Trains Illustrated, page 723:
- Geology dictates the approximate location of the tunnel.
to order, command, control
to speak in order for someone to write down the words
- (Classical) IPA(key): /dikˈtaː.te/, [d̪ɪkˈt̪äːt̪ɛ]
- (modern Italianate Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /dikˈta.te/, [d̪ikˈt̪äːt̪e]