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dictate

dic·tate

dictate

 
 
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: dIk teIt [or] dIk teIt
inflections: dictated, dictates, dictating
definition 1: to say or read aloud (something) in order that it may be recorded or written down by someone else.
She dictated several letters to her secretary.
synonyms:
read
definition 2: to state or order with authoritative force; prescribe definitely.
The rulers dictated what privileges the nobility enjoyed.The owners dictate the company's policies.The fashion industry tends to dictate what women wear.Her religion dictates that she remain married.
synonyms:
command, decree, demand, direct, impose, ordain, order, prescribe
similar words:
boss, determine, enjoin, instruct, set, state
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
pronunciation: dIk teIt [or] dIk teIt
definition 1: to speak or read aloud something in order that it may be recorded or written down by someone else.
As I was dictating, a phone call interrupted me.
definition 2: to issue orders; make demands.
Others request, but he dictates.
synonyms:
command, decree, demand, direct, ordain, order, prescribe
similar words:
determine, require
 
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: dIk teIt
definition 1: a command; directive.
He claims that he was only carrying out the dictates of his superiors.
synonyms:
charge, command, demand, directive, imperative, order
similar words:
decree, determination, direction, edict, instruction, statement
definition 2: (often pl.) a requirement or controlling principle.
The dictates of common sense forced him to reconsider his opinion.
synonyms:
demand, imperative
similar words:
precept, principle, requirement
derivation: dictatingly (adv.)
Word Parts
The word dictate contains the following parts:
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).