Translation of "dictate" - English-Traditional Chinese dictionary

See all translations

dictateverb

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

命令,下(令);決定,規定
The UN will dictate the terms of troop withdrawal from the region. 聯合國將決定軍隊從該地區撤軍的條件。
[ + question word ] He disagrees with the government dictating what children are taught in schools. 他不同意由政府來決定孩子在學校學習哪些課程。
[ + that ] The rules dictate that only running shoes must be worn on the track. 網球俱樂部的規則規定上場必須穿適當的運動鞋。

[ T ] to influence something or make it necessary

影響;決定;要求
The party's change of policy has been dictated by its need to win back younger voters. 該黨政策上的變化是由於它需要贏回選民的支持。
[ + that ] I wanted to take a year off, but my financial situation dictated that I got a job. 我想休息一年,但我的經濟狀況迫使我必須工作。

More examples

  • 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.

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

口述,口授
I dictated my order over the phone. 我透過電話口述了命令。
She spent the morning dictating letters to her secretary. 她花了一上午的時間向秘書口述信件。

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

命令;(對自身的)要求
the dictates of conscience/common sense 良心/情理的驅使
Compare

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