dictatedic‧tate1 /dɪkˈteɪt $ ˈdɪkteɪt/ ●○○ verb 🔊 🔊 1[intransitive, transitive]BBOSAY to say words for someone else to write downdictate a letter/memo etc to somebody 🔊 She’s dictating a letter to her secretary right now.2[intransitive, transitive]TELL/ORDER somebody TO DO something to tell someone exactly what they must do or how they must behavedictate to 🔊 The media cannot be allowed to dictate to the government.dictate who/what/how etc 🔊 Can they dictate how the money will be spent? 🔊 Federal funds have to be used as dictated by Washington.dictate that 🔊 Islamic custom dictates that women should be fully covered. 🔊 The US government attempted to dictate the terms of the agreement.3[transitive]CONTROL to control or influence something syn determinedictate what/how etc 🔊 Funds dictate what we can do.dictate that 🔊 The laws of physics dictate that what goes up must come down. 🔊 The massive publicity dictated a response from the city government.COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 3: to control or influence somethingnounscommon sense dictates somethingCommon sense dictates that you should avoid too much sun.circumstances dictate somethingCircumstances dictated that I had to wait nearly two years.custom/tradition dictates somethingOn the island, custom still dictates the roles of men and women.fashion dictates somethingFashion has been dictating that women should wear black for years now.logic dictates somethingLogic dictates that this must be the right answer.laws/rules dictate somethingFederal laws dictate how land can be used.→ See Verb table
dictate• Human beings are going to resist cultural dictates that are too inconsistent with their innate desires.• When I was very young, the things I wanted to do were not permitted by socialdictates.• The city's policy clearly violates the dictates of the FairLabor Standards Act.From Longman Business Dictionarydictatedic‧tate1 /dɪkˈteɪtˈdɪkteɪt/ verb [transitive]to say words for someone else to write downWhen Laurie got back to the office, she dictated a letter to Stewart. —dictation noun [uncountable]Many computers can take voice-activated dictation.→ See Verb tabledictatedic‧tate2 /ˈdɪkteɪt/ noun [countable] formalan order, rule, or principle that you have to obeyIndividual EU countries are free to follow their own dictates on matters concerning the economy.