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Main Entry: 1dic·tate
Pronunciation: primarystressdik-secondarystresstamacrt, dik-primarystresstamacrt
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): dic·tat·ed; dic·tat·ing
Etymology: from Latin dictatus, past participle of dictare "to assert, dictate," from dicere "to say" --related to DICTIONARY, PREDICT, VERDICT
1 : to speak or read for a person to write down or for a machine to record <dictate a letter to a secretary>
2 : to say or state with authority or power : give orders <dictate terms of surrender> <few people enjoy being dictated to>

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