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  • 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 — [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

  • Conscience — Not to be confused with consciousness. For other uses, see Conscience (disambiguation). Vincent van Gogh, 1890. Kröller Müller Museum. The Good Samaritan (after Delacroix). Conscience is an aptitude, faculty, intuition or judgment of the …   Wikipedia

  • dictate — I UK [dɪkˈteɪt] / US [ˈdɪkˌteɪt] verb Word forms dictate : present tense I/you/we/they dictate he/she/it dictates present participle dictating past tense dictated past participle dictated ** 1) [transitive] to influence or control how something… …   English dictionary

  • conscience — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ clean (esp. AmE), clear, easy, good ▪ How can you do your job with a clean conscience? ▪ I have a clear conscience. ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • dictate — dic|tate1 [ dık,teıt ] verb ** 1. ) transitive to influence or control how something is done: Their choice was dictated by political circumstances. dictate that: Common sense dictates that we approach her with caution. 2. ) intransitive or… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dictate — dic•tate v. [[t]ˈdɪk teɪt, dɪkˈteɪt[/t]] n. [[t]ˈdɪk teɪt[/t]] v. tat•ed, tat•ing, n. 1) to say or read aloud for a person to transcribe or for a machine to record 2) to prescribe authoritatively; command unconditionally: to dictate peace terms… …   From formal English to slang

  • dictate — verb (dictated, dictating) –verb (t) /dɪkˈteɪt / (say dik tayt) 1. to say or read aloud (something) to be taken down in writing or recorded mechanically. 2. to prescribe positively; command with authority: *Commercial reality dictates that the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • dictate — v. & n. v. 1 tr. say or read aloud (words to be written down or recorded). 2 a tr. prescribe or lay down authoritatively (terms, things to be done). b intr. lay down the law; give orders. n. (usu. in pl.) an authoritative instruction (dictates of …   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

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