1. [ verb ] issue commands or orders for
Synonyms: prescribe order
Related terms: inflict mandate command decree prescription authoritarian
2. [ noun ] a guiding principle

: "the dictates of reason"

Related terms: principle order
3. [ verb ] say out loud for the purpose of recording

"He dictated a report to his secretary"

Related terms: read dictator
4. [ noun ] an authoritative rule
Related terms: rule
5. [ verb ] (politics) rule as a dictator
Related terms: govern tyrannize dictator
Similar spelling:   dictated