dictate dictate  /dɪk ˈteɪt/


  1. (n) an authoritative rule
  2. (n) a guiding principle
  3. (v) issue commands or orders for
  4. (v) say out loud for the purpose of recording
  5. (v) rule as a dictator


Derived Word(s)


  1. These snippets keep our genetic blueprint from unraveling and, it turns out, also dictate how often cells divide.
  2. While ordering, you type in online or dictate to a salesperson the 10 preset names and numbers youd like to have on the phone.
  3. A reporter's best friend, but also indispensable for anyone who wants to dictate memos or record other audible stuff on their phone.


  1. Medicare report is an involuntary work of fiction

    Medicare report is an involuntary work of fiction Houston Chronicle Copyright 2013 Houston Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 6:00 pm, Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that health care costs will be anything like the Affordable Care Act would dictate them to be. For these reasons, the ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Houston Chronicle

  2. Liguori: The Glory Of Merion Golf Club May Be Stymied By Bad Weather

    Yes, Mother Nature is the boss, and it will help dictate what kind of Open we have at historic Merion Golf Club.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: CBS New York

  3. Gregg Williams on Titans' D: 'We attack'

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Last year’s miserable Titans defense was simply too passive. And there came a time at which defensive coordinator Jerry Gray came to realize the team wouldn’t fare any worse by being more aggressive. When the defense started to try to dictate more, it played better -- with the exception of a 55-7 thrashing at Green Bay. Gray certainly would have continued that direction no ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: ESPN Blogs


  1. "You should not, and I'm sure you will not, let any state, from the United States to any state in the region, dictate what will become of you all," Biden said in his reception remarks.
    on Jul 8, 2010 By: Joe Biden Source: Al-Ahram Weekly

  2. In explaining his decision to release al Megrahi, MacAskill said that Scotland's "justice system demands that judgment be imposed but compassion [be] available. Our beliefs dictate that justice be served but mercy be shown."
    on Aug 22, 2009 By: Kenny MacAskill Source: CNN

  3. "So Manny was tough for us," Papelbon added. "You have somebody like him, you know at any point in the ballgame, he can dictate the outcome of the game. And for him not to be on the same page as the rest of the team was a killer, man! It just...
    on Mar 12, 2009 By: Jonathan Papelbon Source: USA Today

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