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dictate

Translation of dictate in French:

noun

British English: /ˈdɪkteɪt/
American English: /ˈdɪkˌteɪt/
, /ˌdɪkˈteɪt/
  • (decree) to follow the dictates of one's conscience
    suivre ce que dicte sa conscience

transitive verb

British English: /dɪkˈteɪt/
American English: /ˈdɪkˌteɪt/
, /ˌdɪkˈteɪt/
  • 2 (prescribe)
    (terms, choices) to à
    décider de, déterminer
    (outcome)
    (economy, policy) to à
    to dictate that …
    (+ subj)
    to dictate how
    prescrire comment

intransitive verb

British English: /dɪkˈteɪt/
American English: /ˈdɪkˌteɪt/
, /ˌdɪkˈteɪt/
  • 1 (out loud) See examples: to dictate to one's secretary/into a machine
    dicter une lettre ( or un texte etc) à sa secrétaire/à une machine
  • 2 (boss somebody around)to dictate to somebody
    imposer sa volonté à quelqu'un
    I won't be dictated to (by someone like him)!
    je n'ai pas d'ordres à recevoir (de quelqu'un comme lui)!

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