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verb dictate pronunciation in British English /dɪkˈteɪt/
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present tense
present participledictating
past tensedictated
past participledictated

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  1. 1
    [transitive] to influence or control how something is done
    dictate that:

    Common sense dictates that we approach her with caution.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to tell someone exactly what to do and how to behave
    dictate something to someone:

    Washington is in no position to dictate terms to Moscow.

    dictate what/how etc:

    Don’t try to dictate what I read.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to say the words of a document that someone else will write or type for you

    I have letters to dictate to my secretary before I leave.

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