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English definition of “dictate”

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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