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English definition of “dictate”

dictate

verb (GIVE ORDERS)    /dɪkˈteɪt/ US  /ˈdɪk.teɪt/
C1 [I or T] to give orders, or tell someone exactly what they must do, with total authority: The UN will dictate the terms of troop withdrawal from the region. [+ question word] He disagrees with the government dictating what children are taught in schools. [+ that] The tennis club rules dictate that suitable footwear must be worn on the courts.Giving orders and commands [T] to influence something or make it necessary: The party's change of policy has been dictated by its need to win back the support of voters. [+ that] I wanted to take a year off, but my financial situation dictated that I got a job.Controlling and being in charge
(Definition of dictate verb (GIVE ORDERS) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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