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  • nouncommand; rule
  • verbcommand; give instructions
  • verbread out for the record

synonyms for dictate

  • edict
  • precept
  • behest
  • bidding
  • code
  • decree
  • dictum
  • direction
  • fiat
  • injunction
  • law
  • mandate
  • order
  • ordinance
  • principle
  • requirement
  • statute
  • ultimatum
  • word
See also synonyms for: dictated / dictates / dictating
  • impose
  • prescribe
  • guide
  • govern
  • control
  • decree
  • set
  • lead
  • bid
  • manage
  • pronounce
  • direct
  • rule
  • ordain
  • charge
  • regiment
  • enjoin
  • instruct
  • bulldoze
  • order
  • lay down
  • call the shots
  • call the play
  • call the tune
  • lay down the law
  • put foot down
  • read the riot act
  • take the reins
  • walk heavy
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antonyms for dictate

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  • answer
  • lawlessness
  • question
  • request
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How to use dictate in a sentence

The desire for retribution is understandable when someone has taken an innocent life, but ought, in a civilized society, to be constrained by dictates of justice and mercy, even when the criminal himself has acted inhumanely.
THIS IS WHAT DEREK CHAUVIN’S SENTENCE SHOULD BEPAUL BUTLERJUNE 24, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Even the purest selfishness would dictate a policy of social insurance.
THE UNSOLVED RIDDLE OF SOCIAL JUSTICESTEPHEN LEACOCK
Do not let scandal or a mere love of gossip dictate a letter of intelligence.
THE LADIES' BOOK OF ETIQUETTE, AND MANUAL OF POLITENESSFLORENCE HARTLEY
It is not the desire to deceive, but the desire to please, which will dictate such a course.
THE LADIES' BOOK OF ETIQUETTE, AND MANUAL OF POLITENESSFLORENCE HARTLEY
France would never again send a Barillon to dictate to the cabinet of England.
THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND FROM THE ACCESSION OF JAMES II.THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY
It was disputed among the Mussulmans whether it was eternal or God had created it in order to dictate it to Mahomet.
A PHILOSOPHICAL DICTIONARY, VOLUME 1 (OF 10)FRANOIS-MARIE AROUET (AKA VOLTAIRE)
I would not appear to dictate, but do you not fear Mr. Purcell may construe your non-attendance into disrespect to himself?
ALONEMARION HARLAND
He spared their lives, but only on the condition that he was to enter the town and there dictate his own terms.
BELGIUMGEORGE W. T. (GEORGE WILLIAM THOMSON) OMOND
He wrote as a man would dictate an essay which was to appear as a posthumous work.
THOUGHTS ON EDUCATIONAL TOPICS AND INSTITUTIONSGEORGE S. BOUTWELL
Pain, therefore, as the strongest, will dictate our anticipations.
THE ENGLISH UTILITARIANS, VOLUME II (OF 3)LESLIE STEPHEN
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WORDS RELATED TO DICTATE

  • bidding
  • charge
  • command
  • commandment
  • demand
  • dictate
  • direction
  • expressed desire
  • injunction
  • instruction
  • mandate
  • order
  • precept
  • prompting
  • request
  • solicitation
  • wish
  • word
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