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Synonyms of 'dictate'

(verb) 
Definition
to say (words) aloud for another person to transcribe
He dictates his novels to his secretary.
Synonyms
speak
The very act of speaking the words gave him comfort.
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say
I hope you didn't say anything about me.
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utter
They departed without uttering a word.
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read out
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read aloud
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say aloud
(verb) 
Circumstances dictated that they played a defensive game.
Synonyms
determine
What determines whether you are a success or a failure?
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command
He commanded his troops to attack.
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prescribe
The judge said he was passing the sentence prescribed by law.
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pronounce
A specialist has pronounced him fully fit.
They took time to pronounce their verdict.
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decree
He got the two men off the hook by decreeing a general amnesty.
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ordain (formal)
He ordained that they should wear uniform in public.
(noun) 
Definition
an authoritative command
They must abide by the dictates of the new government.
Synonyms
command
The tanker failed to respond to a command to stop.
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order
Mr North had been arrested on the orders of the Spanish government.
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decree
He issued a decree ordering all unofficial armed groups to disband.
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word
I want nothing said about this until I give the word.
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demand
He grew ever more fierce in his demands.
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direction
The house was built under the direction of his partner.
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bidding
the bidding of his backbenchers
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mandate
The union already has a mandate to ballot for a strike.
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injunction
He took out a court injunction against the newspaper.
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statute
a new statute to take in both pay and discrimination laws
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fiat
He has imposed solutions by fiat.
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ultimatum
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ordinance
ordinances that restrict building development
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edict
In 1741 Catherine the Great issued an edict of toleration for Buddhism.
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(noun) 
Definition
a guiding principle
We have followed the dictates of our consciences.
Synonyms
principle
a violation of the basic principles of Marxism
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law
inflexible moral laws
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rule
An important rule is to drink plenty of water.
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standard
My father has always had high moral standards.
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code
This crime is included in the penal code on treason.
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criterion
Exam results shouldn't be the only criterion for your choice of school.
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ethic
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canon
These measures offended all the accepted canons of political economy.
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maxim
I believe in the maxim `if it ain't broke, don't fix it'.
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dictum
the dictum that it is preferable to be roughly right than precisely wrong
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precept
the precepts of Buddhism
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axiom
the long-held axiom that education leads to higher income
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moral law

phrasal verb

See dictate to someone

Additional synonyms

in the sense of axiom
Definition
a generally accepted principle
the long-held axiom that education leads to higher income
in the sense of bidding
Definition
an order or command
the bidding of his backbenchers
in the sense of canon
Definition
a general rule or standard
These measures offended all the accepted canons of political economy.

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