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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
    Their choice was dictated by political circumstances.
    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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