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English definition of “dictate to sb”

dictate to sb

phrasal verb with dictate     /dɪkˈteɪt/ US  /ˈdɪk.teɪt/ verb
to tell someone what to do: The president is so powerful that he is able to dictate to the government. I will not be dictated to like that!Giving orders and commands
(Definition of dictate to sb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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