from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To say or read aloud to be recorded or written by another: dictate a letter.
- transitive v. To prescribe with authority; impose: dictated the rules of the game.
- transitive v. To control or command: "Foreign leaders were . . . dictated by their own circumstances, bound by the universal imperatives of politics” ( Doris Kearns Goodwin).
- intransitive v. To say or read aloud material to be recorded or written by another: dictated for an hour before leaving for the day.
- intransitive v. To issue orders or commands.
- n. A directive; a command.
- n. A guiding principle: followed the dictates of my conscience.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An order or command.
- v. To order, command, control.
- v. To speak in order for someone to write down the words.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To tell or utter so that another may write down; to inspire; to compose.
- transitive v. To say; to utter; to communicate authoritatively; to deliver (a command) to a subordinate; to declare with authority; to impose
- intransitive v. To speak as a superior; to command; to impose conditions (on).
- intransitive v. To compose literary works; to tell what shall be written or said by another.
- n. A statement delivered with authority; an order; a command; an authoritative rule, principle, or maxim; a prescription
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To declare or prescribe with authority; direct or command positively, as being right, necessary, or inevitable: as, conscience dictates truthfulness and fair dealing; to dictate a course of conduct, or terms of surrender.
- To be the determining cause or motive of; fix or decide positively or unavoidably: as, necessity dictated the abandonment of the ship; his conduct is dictated by false pride.
- To express orally for another to write down; give utterance or form to, as something to be written: as, to dictate a letter to a clerk.
- Synonyms To command, prescribe, enjoin, require.
- To practise dictation; act or speak dictatorially; exercise controlling or arbitrary authority; assume a dictatorial, dogmatic, or commanding attitude.
- n. A positive order or command; an authoritative or controlling direction.
- n. An authoritative rule, maxim, or precept; a guiding principle: as, the dictates of conscience or of reason.
- n. Dictation.
- n. That which is dictated; a dictated utterance.
- n. Synonyms and Injunction, admonition.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an authoritative rule
- n. a guiding principle
- v. say out loud for the purpose of recording
- v. rule as a dictator
- v. issue commands or orders for
Brown is using his tunnel vision on the economy in dictate policy in other areas.
This would have been found unconstitutional if passed anyways, as you cannot dictate from the federal government to the states in this manner.
I guess we should just let McEachin dictate the dialogue for us.
Philip was himself more resolved than ever to accompany the expedition in person and dictate from the English Channel the conditions of the pacification of Europe.
Many parents don't feel the labels dictate where their children go to school.
He refuses to expand unemployment coverage because the terms dictate he can't repeal the expanded coverage after the stimulus money runs out.
We’re talking about not having an insurance company’s profit margin dictate our health care.
As we all know, contemporary kids command (or is the right word dictate?) much of their parents 'spending, and Leno's finely honed goof humor could be just the ticket to lure them away from cable.
Another thing I would add is that don't let a room label dictate how you use a room.
However freedom of religious expression dictate that the SABC as a public broadcaster should also cater for all religious affiliations.