It's about forcing a platform on Romney, and then dictating the agenda for that presidency's first year.
Later, Chen told me he was writing a book about his experiences, dictating to his brother, who wrote everything down.
Next, they, the government, are now dictating to you how you have to film the movie.
1590s, "to practice dictation, say aloud for another to write down," from Latin dictatus, past participle of dictare "say often, prescribe," frequentative of dicere "tell, say" (see diction). Sense of "to command" is 1620s. Related: Dictated; dictates; dictating.
1590s, from Latin dictatum "something dictated," noun use of neuter past participle of dictare (see dictate (v.)).