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DICTATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dictate mean? 

DICTATE (noun)
  The noun DICTATE has 2 senses:

1. an authoritative rule
2. a guiding principle

  Familiarity information: DICTATE used as a noun is rare.


DICTATE (verb)
  The verb DICTATE has 3 senses:

1. issue commands or orders for
2. say out loud for the purpose of recording
3. rule as a dictator

  Familiarity information: DICTATE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DICTATE (noun)


Sense 1dictate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An authoritative rule

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("dictate" is a kind of...):

prescript; rule (prescribed guide for conduct or action)


Sense 2dictate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A guiding principle

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

the dictates of reason

Hypernyms ("dictate" is a kind of...):

principle (a basic truth or law or assumption)


DICTATE (verb)


Sense 1dictate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Issue commands or orders for

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

dictate; prescribe; order

Hypernyms (to "dictate" is one way to...):

bring down; impose; inflict; visit (impose something unpleasant)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "dictate"):

mandate (make mandatory)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s to somebody


Sense 2dictate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Say out loud for the purpose of recording

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

He dictated a report to his secretary

Hypernyms (to "dictate" is one way to...):

read (look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is written or printed)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3dictate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Rule as a dictator

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Hypernyms (to "dictate" is one way to...):

govern; rule (exercise authority over; as of nations)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "dictate"):

grind down; tyrannise; tyrannize (rule a country as a tyrant)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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