Dictate

Definition of Dictate

Dic´tate
v. t.1.To tell or utter so that another may write down; to inspire; to compose; as, to dictate a letter to an amanuensis.
[imp. & p. p. Dictated; p. pr. & vb. n. Dictating.]
The mind which dictated the Iliad.
- Wayland.
Pages dictated by the Holy Spirit.
- Macaulay.
2.To say; to utter; to communicate authoritatively; to deliver (a command) to a subordinate; to declare with authority; to impose; as, to dictate the terms of a treaty; a general dictates orders to his troops.
Whatsoever is dictated to us by God must be believed.
- Watts.
v. i.1.To speak as a superior; to command; to impose conditions (on).
Who presumed to dictate to the sovereign.
- Macaulay.
2.To compose literary works; to tell what shall be written or said by another.
Sylla could not skill of letters, and therefore knew not how to dictate.
- Bacon.
n.1.A statement delivered with authority; an order; a command; an authoritative rule, principle, or maxim; a prescription; as, listen to the dictates of your conscience; the dictates of the gospel.
I credit what the Grecian dictates say.
- Prior.

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