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English definition of “dictate”

dictate

verb     /dɪkˈteɪt/
[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 .
(Definition of dictate verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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