1. [syn: determined, dictated, set]
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
The mind which dictated the Iliad. --Wayland.
Pages dictated by the Holy Spirit. --Macaulay.
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.
Whatsoever is dictated to us by God must be
Syn: To suggest; prescribe; enjoin; command; point out; urge;