—v., -tat•ed, -tat•ing,
1. to say or read (something) aloud for another person to transcribe or for a machine to record: to dictate some letters to a secretary.
2. to prescribe or lay down authoritatively or peremptorily; command unconditionally: to dictate peace terms to a conquered enemy.
1. to say or read aloud something to be written down by a person or recorded by a machine.
2. to give orders.
1. an authoritative order or command.
2. a guiding or governing principle, requirement, etc.: to follow the dictates of one's conscience.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.