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dictate

verb
 
 
/dɪkˈteɪt/
[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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