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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. an authoritative rule;

2. a guiding principle;
- Example: "the dictates of reason"

VERB (3)

1. issue commands or orders for;
[syn: order, prescribe, dictate]

2. say out loud for the purpose of recording;
- Example: "He dictated a report to his secretary"

3. rule as a dictator;

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dictate \Dic"tate\, n. [L. dictatum. See Dictate, v. t.] A statement delivered with authority; an order; a command; an authoritative rule, principle, or maxim; a prescription; as, listen to the dictates of your conscience; the dictates of the gospel. [1913 Webster] I credit what the Grecian dictates say. --Prior. Syn: Command; injunction; direction suggestion; impulse; admonition. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dictate \Dic"tate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dictated; p. pr. & vb. n. Dictating.] [L. dictatus, p. p. of dictare, freq. of dicere to say. See Diction, and cf. Dight.] 1. To tell or utter so that another may write down; to inspire; to compose; as, to dictate a letter to an amanuensis. [1913 Webster] The mind which dictated the Iliad. --Wayland. [1913 Webster] Pages dictated by the Holy Spirit. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. To say; to utter; to communicate authoritatively; to deliver (a command) to a subordinate; to declare with authority; to impose; as, to dictate the terms of a treaty; a general dictates orders to his troops. [1913 Webster] Whatsoever is dictated to us by God must be believed. --Watts. Syn: To suggest; prescribe; enjoin; command; point out; urge; admonish. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dictate \Dic"tate\, v. i. 1. To speak as a superior; to command; to impose conditions (on). [1913 Webster] Who presumed to dictate to the sovereign. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. To compose literary works; to tell what shall be written or said by another. [1913 Webster] Sylla could not skill of letters, and therefore knew not how to dictate. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

dictate n 1: an authoritative rule 2: a guiding principle; "the dictates of reason" v 1: issue commands or orders for [syn: order, prescribe, dictate] 2: say out loud for the purpose of recording; "He dictated a report to his secretary" 3: rule as a dictator
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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