Definition of dictate in English:
- Anything else smacks of ‘elitism’, the paternalist attempt by some to dictate to others what they ought to want.
- But the drastic measures were attacked last night as the latest attempt to dictate to parents how they should bring up their children.
- We no longer practice in a paternalistic system where medical authorities dictate to patients what is in their interests.
- The decisions that directly determine our present and dictate our future are made elsewhere.
- That makes editors toe the line dictated by interests financially controlling the publication.
- These results suggest that the lens dictates craniofacial morphology by controlling eye growth.
- His nurse took pity on him and agreed to write a letter for Daniel as he dictated the words, the last letter from a dying soldier to his family.
- The basis of Islam is the belief that Mohammed regularly went into a state of trance and heard a voice dictating Allah's own words.
- I don't have anything to file, I've never dictated a word, and so far, I try very hard to write this column by myself.
noun(usually dictates) Back to top
- In any case, there is only one never changing rule: all news publication must obey the dictates of the Propaganda Department.
- The requirements include very specific dictates on what information must be provided and when, how many course hours must be taken, and how those hours must be completed.
- Surely it is unfair to say that marriage may be reformed for the sake of anyone and everyone except homosexuals, who must respect the dictates of tradition.
verdict from Middle English:
After the Norman Conquest, French became the language of the law in England and many French legal terms made their way into English. Verdict came immediately from French, but goes back to Latin verus ‘true’, source also of verify (Middle English), veritable (Late Middle English), and very (Middle English), and dicere ‘to say’, from which addict (mid 16th century) originally ‘assigned by decree’ and so bound to something; condition (Middle English) speaking with, agreement; contradiction (Late Middle English) ‘speaking against’; dictate (early 17th century); predict (late 16th century) ‘speaking in advance’; and numerous other words derive.
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