dictate verb (GIVE ORDERS)
[ + question word ] He disagrees with the government dictating what children are taught in schools. 他不同意由政府来决定孩子在学校学习哪些课程。
The party's change of policy has been dictated by its need to win back younger voters. 该党政策上的变化是由于它需要赢回选民的支持。
- Many people feel they must do whatever their doctor dictates, and never question the advice they are given.
- After dictating what is to be done, she then leaves her husband to do all the work!
- When I went to the hairdresser, my mum just dictated how it was to be cut.
- He shouldn't be allowed to dictate all the terms and conditions - it's supposed to be a democratic decision.