dictate verb (GIVE ORDERS)
- 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.
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