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Spanish translation of “dictate”


verb /dikˈteit, (American) ˈdikteit/
to say or read out (something) for someone else to write down He always dictates his letters (to his secretary). to state officially or with authority He dictated the terms of our offer. to give orders to; to command I certainly won’t be dictated to by you (= I won’t do as you say). dictation noun something read for another to write down The secretary is taking dictation. dictator noun an all-powerful ruler As soon as he became dictator, he made all political parties illegal and governed the country as he liked. dictatorship noun the authority of a dictator His dictatorship depended on the support of the army. a state ruled by a dictator That country is a dictatorship now.
(Definition of dictate from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)

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