Definition of dictate in English:


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Pronunciation: /dɪkˈteɪt
[with object]
  • 2Say or read aloud (words to be typed, written down, or recorded on tape): I have four letters to dictate
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    • 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.
    say aloud, utter, speak, read out, read aloud, recite


Pronunciation: /ˈdɪkteɪt
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late 16th century (in sense 2 of the verb): from Latin dictat- 'dictated', from the verb dictare.

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