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dictate

verb  us   /ˈdɪk·teɪt, dɪkˈteɪt/

dictate verb (GIVE ORDERS)

[T] to give orders, or state something with total authority: [+ question word] Tennis club rules dictate what kind of footwear may be worn on the courts. [T] To dictate also means to make necessary: The characteristics of the land dictate much of what can be built.

dictate verb (SPEAK)

[I/T] to say something aloud for another person or for a machine to record, so that your words can be prepared in writing for use in business or a legal case: [T] She spent the morning dictating letters.
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