Translation of "dictate" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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uk /dɪkˈteɪt/ us /ˈdɪk.teɪt/

dictate verb (GIVE ORDERS)

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. 联合国将决定军队从该地区撤军的条件。
[ + 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。
[ + that ] The rules dictate that only running shoes must be worn on the track. 网球俱乐部的规则规定上场必须穿适当的运动鞋。

[ T ] to influence something or make it necessary

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。
[ + that ] I wanted to take a year off, but my financial situation dictated that I got a job. 我想休息一年,但我的经济状况却迫使我必须工作。

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dictate verb (SPEAK)

[ I or T ] to speak something aloud for a person or machine to record what is said, so that it can be written down

I dictated my order over the phone. 我通过电话口述了命令。
She spent the morning dictating letters to her secretary. 她花了一上午的时间向秘书口述信件。

Phrasal verb(s)

dictatenoun [ C usually plural ]

uk /ˈdɪk.teɪt/ us /ˈdɪk.teɪt/ formal

an order that should be obeyed, often one that you give to yourself

the dictates of conscience/common sense 良心/情理的驱使

(Translation of “dictate” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)