dictate [v. dik-teyt, dik-teyt; n. dik-teyt] /v. ˈdɪk teɪt, dɪkˈteɪt; n. ˈdɪk teɪt/ Show IPA verb, dictated, dictating, noun
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
to say or read aloud something to be written down by a person or recorded by a machine.
an authoritative order or command.
a guiding or governing principle, requirement, etc.:
to follow the dictates of one's conscience.
1585–95; < Latin dictātus, past participle of dictāre to say repeatedly, prescribe, order, frequentative of dīcere to say
predictate, verb (used with object), predictated, predictating.
redictate, verb, redictated, redictating.
6. bidding, urging, prompting.