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English definition of “dictate”
› [I or T] WORKPLACE to speak something aloud for a person or machine to record, so that what is said can be written down: dictate a letter/memo/reply to sb I dictated a memo to my assistant, to be sent to all staff.
› [T] to decide and say what will happen, usually in a forceful way: dictate terms/conditions At that time the trade unions were allowed to dictate terms, and nothing happened without their agreement.dictate how/when/what, etc. The government shouldn't dictate how we run our businesses.
› [T] to influence something or make it necessary: The rise in fuel prices was dictated by the market.