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dictate

dic·tate

dictate

 
 
parts of speech:
verb, noun
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part of speech: verb
pronunciation: dIk teIt [or] dIk teIt
inflections: dictated, dictates, dictating
definition 1: to say or read aloud for someone to write down or for a machine to record.
She dictated several letters to her secretary.
synonyms:
read
definition 2: to state or order with authority.
The company owners dictate what the workers are allowed to do.
synonyms:
command, decree, demand, direct, impose, ordain, order
similar words:
boss, determine, instruct, set, state
 
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: dIk teIt
definition: (often plural) a rule or requirement that guides or controls what one does.
If you follow the dictates of common sense, you will not make so many mistakes.
synonyms:
demand
similar words:
principle, requirement
derivation: dictatingly (adv.)
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