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dictate

noun

  1. (prescript)  an authoritative rule
    Type of: rule
  2. (principle)  a guiding principle
    Type of: principle

verb

  1. (inflict)  to issue commands or orders for
    Synonyms: order, prescribe. Type of: inflict
  2. (read)  to say out loud for the purpose of recording
    Type of: read
  3. (govern)  to rule as a dictator
    Type of: govern

Etymology summary

[verb] "to practice dictation, say aloud for another to write down", from ... |...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

dictate

to say (messages, letters, speeches, etc) aloud for mechanical recording or verbatim transcription by another person | [transitive] to prescribe ... (19 of 538 words, 5 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Merriam-Webster:

dictate [entry 1, verb] | dictated [past tense] | dictating [present participle] | prescribe [synonym, sense-specific] | call [synonym, sense-specific] | decree [synonym, sense-specific] | command [synonym, sense-specific] | direct [synonym, sense-specific] | mandate [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to give dictation | to speak or act domineeringly; "prescribe" | to speak or read for a person to transcribe or for a machine to record | to issue as ... (27 of 157 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/dictate

dictate [entry 2, noun] | behest [synonym, sense-specific] | charge [synonym, sense-specific] | commandment [synonym, sense-specific] | decree [synonym, sense-specific] | command [synonym, sense-specific] | direction [synonym, sense-specific] | directive [synonym, sense-specific] | do [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

an authoritative rule, prescription, or injunction ; a ruling principle | a command by one in authority (16 of 98 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

dictate | dictates | determine [synonym, sense-specific]

state or order authoritatively | control or decisively affect; determine | say or read aloud (words to be typed, written down, or recorded on tape) | ... (23 of 122 words, 5 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/dictate

Macmillan British Dictionary:

dictate | dictated [past tense] | dictating [present participle] | dictates [3rd-person singular present]

[transitive] to influence or control how something is done | [intransitive/transitive] to tell someone exactly what to do and how to behave | ... (21 of 120 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/dictate

dictate [countable, formal, noun] | dictates [plural]

a rule or principle that people must obey (8 of 37 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

dictate | dictated [past tense] | dictating [present participle] | dictates [3rd-person singular present]

To say or read aloud to be recorded or written by another | To prescribe with authority; impose | To control or command | To say or read aloud ... (26 of 118 words, 7 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/dictate

Cambridge Dictionary:

dictate [entry 1]

to give orders, or state something exactly, with total authority | to influence something or make it necessary (17 of 107 words, 2 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

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dictate [entry 2]

to speak something aloud for a person or machine to record the words said, so that they can be written down (21 of 45 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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dictate [entry 3, formal]

an order which should be obeyed, often one which you give to yourself (13 of 27 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

dictate | dictatated [past tense] | dictatating [present participle]

to say or read (something) aloud for another person to transcribe or for a machine to record. | to prescribe or lay down authoritatively or ... (24 of 102 words, 6 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/dictate

New World Dictionary:

dictate | dictatated [past tense] | dictatating [present participle]

to speak or read (something) aloud for someone else to write down | to prescribe or command forcefully | to impose or give (orders) with or as with ... (26 of 71 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

dictate | dictates [plural] | dictated [past tense] | dictating [present participle]

An order or command. | To order, command, control. | To speak in order for someone to write down the words. (19 of 50 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/dictate

Wikipedia:

Dictate [disambiguation]

can refer to: Dictation (disambiguation) | Dictator | Edict (7 of 49 words, 3 definitions)

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Encarta Dictionary:

dictate | dictates [plural] | dictated [past tense] | dictating [present participle]

to speak the words of a text or letter to be written, either to somebody ... | to rule over or make decisions for others with absolute authority, or ... (28 of 169 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861604535​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

dictate

First use: 1590s

Origin: [verb] "to practice dictation, say aloud for another to write down", from ... | [noun] from Latin dictatum "something dictated", noun use of neuter... (24 of 50 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

dictate | dictates [plural] | dictated [past tense] | dictating [present participle]

Origin: Latin dictātus, perfect passive participle of dictō ("pronounce or declare repeatedly; dictate"), frequentative of dīcō ("say, speak").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/dictate

Oxford Dictionary:

dictate | dictates

First use: late 16th century

Origin: (in "... of the verb"): from Latin dictat- "dictated", from the verb dictare

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/dictate

Collins Dictionary:

dictate

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Latin dictāre to say repeatedly, order, from dīcere to say

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/dictate

American Heritage Dictionary:

dictate | dictated [past tense] | dictating [present participle] | dictates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin dictāre, dictāt-, frequentative of dīcere, to say; see deik- in Indo-European roots.

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New World Dictionary:

dictate | dictatated [past tense] | dictatating [present participle]

Origin: Latin dictatus, past participle of dictare, frequentative of dicere, to speak: see "diction"

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Merriam-Webster:

dictate [entry 1, verb] | dictated [past tense] | dictating [present participle]

First use: 1581

Origin: Latin dictatus, past participle of dictare to assert, dictate, frequentative of dicere to say

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Encarta Dictionary:

dictate | dictates [plural] | dictated [past tense] | dictating [present participle]

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Latin dictat-, past participle of dictare "say often" from dicere "to say"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861604535​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Macmillan American Dictionary:

dictate [verb] | dictated [past tense] | dictating [present participle] | dictates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "dictate"

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dictate [countable, formal, noun] | dictates [plural]

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

dictate | dictated [past tense] | dictating [present participle] | dictates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "dictate"

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dictate [countable, formal, noun] | dictates [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "dictate"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

dictate [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "dictate"

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dictate [entry 3, formal]

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the Free Dictionary:

dictate

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "dictate"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "dictate"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "dictate" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

dictate | dictates [plural] | dictated [past tense] | dictating [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "dictate"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

dictate

Audio: North American pronunciation of "dictate"

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dictate

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YourDictionary Audio:

dictate

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