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English definition of “dictate”

dictate

verb     /dɪkˈteɪt/
SAY [I, T] to say or read something for someone to write down: Tony was busy dictating letters to his secretary .Office practices
DECIDE [T] to decide or control what happens : [+ question word] The weather will dictate where we hold the party .Giving orders and commands
(Definition of dictate verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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