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English definition of “dictate”


verb [T] (GIVE ORDERS)   /ˈdɪk·teɪt, dɪkˈteɪt/
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. To dictate also means to make necessary: The characteristics of the land dictate much of what can be built.
(Definition of dictate verb (GIVE ORDERS) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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