dictate

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Pronunciation[change]

  • (US) IPA: /ˈdɪkˌteɪt/

Verb[change]

Plain form
dictate

Third-person singular
dictates

Past tense
dictated

Past participle
dictated

Present participle
dictating

  1. If you dictate a document (something written), you say the words so another person can write or type them.
    I dictated the letter to my secretary.
  2. If X dictates Y, X requires Y, or X causes Y.
    Circumstances dictate that we must be ready to fight.

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