Meaning of dictate
Pronunciation: (v.dik'tāt, dik-tāt'n.dik'tāt), [key]
— v., n. -tat•ed, -tat•ing,
- to say or read (something) aloud for another person to transcribe or for a machine to record: to dictate some letters to a secretary.
- to prescribe or lay down authoritatively or peremptorily; command unconditionally: to dictate peace terms to a conquered enemy.
- to say or read aloud something to be written down by a person or recorded by a machine.
- to give orders.
- an authoritative order or command.
- a guiding or governing principle, requirement, etc.: to follow the dictates of one's conscience.
- dictate (Thesaurus)