01. The boss [dictated] a letter to his secretary.
02. The words of the Koran were memorized by Muhammad, who [dictated] them to his companions.
03. You shouldn't let others [dictate] what action you take; you need to make your own decisions.
04. Henry's [dictatorial] management style often angers his colleagues.
05. I have to study for a [dictation] in French class tomorrow.
06. It is easier for secretaries to take [dictation] nowadays, with cassette recorders and computers making everything simpler.
07. Hitler was a ruthless [dictator] who crushed all opposition.
08. The letters you [dictated] this morning were sent out as soon as you signed them.
09. No country has the right to [dictate] foreign policy to any other nation.
10. The winners of a war are generally able to [dictate] the terms of surrender to the losers.
11. Relationships in the workplace in Japan are [dictated] by a strict social hierarchy.
12. The country is struggling with its new-found freedom after decades under a military [dictatorship].
13. Alan Coren once said that democracy consists of choosing your [dictators] after they've told you what it is you want to hear.
14. Victor Hugo once said that when [dictatorship] is a fact, revolution becomes a right.
15. There is a Hindustani proverb which observes that [dictators] ride to and fro on tigers from which they dare not dismount.
16. Cultural rules often [dictate] whether a message should be delivered in person, by phone, or through another person.
17. For more than 30 years, Spain was cut off from the rest of the world under the [dictatorship] of General Franco.
18. Decades of [dictatorial] regimes have prevented Uganda from achieving its full potential.
19. Somalia's hot dry climate [dictates] what people wear.
20. People in Senegal are born into traditional family structures that [dictate] one's rights and obligations.

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  • dictate — vb Dictate, prescribe, ordain, decree, impose mean to lay down expressly something to be followed, observed, obeyed, or accepted. Dictate implies an authoritative direction by or as if by the spoken word which serves in governing or guiding one s …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Dictate — Dic tate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dictated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dictating}.] [L. dictatus, p. p. of dictare, freq. of dicere to say. See {Diction}, and cf. {Dight}.] 1. To tell or utter so that another may write down; to inspire; to compose; as, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dictate — Dic tate, v. i. 1. To speak as a superior; to command; to impose conditions (on). [1913 Webster] Who presumed to dictate to the sovereign. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. To compose literary works; to tell what shall be written or said by another.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dictate — [n] command; rule behest, bidding, code, decree, dictum, direction, edict, fiat, injunction, law, mandate, order, ordinance, precept, principle, requirement, statute, ultimatum, word; concepts 274,318,688 Ant. request dictate [v1] command; give… …   New thesaurus

  • dictate to — [phrasal verb] dictate to (someone) : to give orders to (someone) usually used as (be) dictated to I resent being dictated to by someone with half my experience. • • • Main Entry: ↑dictate …   Useful english dictionary

  • Dictate — Dic tate, n. [L. dictatum. See {Dictate}, v. t.] A statement delivered with authority; an order; a command; an authoritative rule, principle, or maxim; a prescription; as, listen to the dictates of your conscience; the dictates of the gospel.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dictate — I noun act, authoritative suggestion, behest, charge, command, commandment, commission, decree, demand, direction, edict, enactment, fiat, imperative, imperious direction, injunction, instruction, judgment, law, mandate, order, ordinance,… …   Law dictionary

  • dictate — is pronounced with the stress on the first syllable as a noun (as in the dictates of conscience) and with the stress on the second syllable as a verb (as in dictate a letter) …   Modern English usage

  • Dictate — can refer to: Dictation (disambiguation) Dictator Edict This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an internal link led you here, you may wish to change the link to point direc …   Wikipedia

  • dictate — ► VERB 1) state or order authoritatively. 2) say or read aloud (words to be typed or written down). 3) control or determine. ► NOUN ▪ an order or principle that must be obeyed. DERIVATIVES dictation noun …   English terms dictionary

  • dictate — [dik′tāt΄; ] also, for v. [ dik tāt′] vt., vi. dictated, dictating [< L dictatus, pp. of dictare, freq. of dicere, to speak: see DICTION] 1. to speak or read (something) aloud for someone else to write down 2. to prescribe or command… …   English World dictionary

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