Dic"tate (?), v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Dictated; p. pr. & vb. n.
Dictating.] [L. dictatus, p. p. of dictare,
freq. of dicere to say. See Diction, and cf.
Dight.] 1. To tell or utter so that
another may write down; to inspire; to compose; as, to dictate
a letter to an amanuensis.
The mind which dictated the Iliad.
Pages dictated by the Holy Spirit.
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
Syn. -- To suggest; prescribe; enjoin; command; point out;
Dic"tate, v. i. 1.
To speak as a superior; to command; to impose conditions
Who presumed to dictate to the
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.
Dic"tate (?), n. [L. dictatum.
See Dictate, v. t.] 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
I credit what the Grecian dictates
Syn. -- Command; injunction; direction suggestion; impulse;