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dictate

noun

1 dictate

An authoritative rule.

Roget 741: command, order, ordinance, act, fiat, hukm, bidding, dictum, hest, behest, call, beck, nod.    despatch, ... show more

Roget 615: motive, springs of action, wellsprings of action.    reason, ground, call, principle; by end, by purpose; mainspring, primum mobile [Lat.], keystone; the why and the wherefore; ... show more



2 dictate

A guiding principle.

verb

1 dictate

Issue commands or orders for.

synonyms: order, prescribe.

Roget 737: authorize etc. (permit) 760; warrant etc. (right) 924; dictate etc. (order) 741.    be at the head of ... show more

Roget 885: be insolent etc. adj.; bluster, vapor, swagger, swell, give oneself airs, snap one's fingers, kick up a dust; swear etc. (affirm) ... show more

Roget 695: advise, counsel; give advice, give counsel, give a piece of advice [Fr.]; suggest, prompt, submonish, recommend, prescribe, advocate; exhort etc. (persuade) ... show more

Roget 741: command, order, decree, enact, ordain, dictate, direct, give orders.    prescribe, set, appoint, mark out; set a task, prescribe a task, ... show more

Roget 590: write, pen; copy, engross; write out, write out fair; transcribe; scribble, scrawl, scrabble, scratch; interline; stain paper; write down ... show more

2 dictate

Say out loud for the purpose of recording.

Dutch: dicteren

3 dictate

Rule as a dictator.

Dutch: bevel, dictaat, gebod


Moby thesaurus: a priori truth, act, adage, ana, analects, aphorism, apothegm, appoint, authorize, axiom, behest, bestride, bid, bidding, bill, brocard, brook no denial, bylaw, byword, call for ... show more.

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