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dictateverb

us   /ˈdɪk·teɪt, dɪkˈteɪt/
  • dictate verb (GIVE ORDERS)

[T] to give orders, or state something with total authority: [+ question word] Tennis club rules dictate what kind of footwear may be worn on the courts.
[T] To dictate also means to make necessary: The characteristics of the land dictate much of what can be built.
  • dictate verb (SPEAK)

[I/T] to say something aloud for another person or for a machine to record, so that your words can be prepared in writing for use in business or a legal case: [T] She spent the morning dictating letters.
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"dictate" in British English

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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: The UN will dictate the terms of troop withdrawal from the region. [+ question word] He disagrees with the government dictating what children are taught in schools. [+ that] The rules dictate that only running shoes must be worn on the track.
[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. [+ that] I wanted to take a year off, but my financial situation dictated that I got a job.

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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
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"dictate" in Business English

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dictateverb

uk   /dɪkˈteɪt/ us  
[I or T] WORKPLACE to speak something aloud for a person or machine to record, so that what is said can be written down: dictate a letter/memo/reply to sb I dictated a memo to my assistant, to be sent to all staff.
[T] to decide and say what will happen, usually in a forceful way: dictate terms/conditions At that time the trade unions were allowed to dictate terms, and nothing happened without their agreement.dictate how/when/what, etc. The government shouldn't dictate how we run our businesses.
[T] to influence something or make it necessary: The rise in fuel prices was dictated by the market.
(Definition of dictate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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