Definitions of dictate

  1. To declare with authority; command.
  2. To communicate orally, as an amanuensis.
  3. To tell or utter so that another may write down; to inspire; to compose; as, to dictate a letter to an amanuensis.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. To declare with authority; express orally so that another may take down in writing; as, the business man dictates a letter to his stenographer.
  7. To tell another what to say or write: to communicate with authority: to point out: to command.
  8. To tell another what to say or write; command; admonish.
  9. To speak as a superior; to command; to impose conditions ( on).
  10. To compose literary works; to tell what shall be written or said by another.
  11. To speak with final authority; prescribe.
  12. say out loud for the purpose of recording; " He dictated a report to his secretary"
  13. To tell another what to do, or say, or write; to prescribe authoritatively.
  14. To tell or order with authority; to utter words that are to be committed to writing by another; to suggest; to direct.
  15. a guiding principle; " the dictates of reason"
  16. An injunction; command; a controlling principle.
  17. Command; admonition.
  18. Authoritative prescription or direction.
  19. An order delivered; a rule or maxim; a suggestion to the mind, as a rule or direction.