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dictated but not read

Copied into text through dictation but not written or proofread by the author. (Sometimes shortened to "dictated, not read.") Used as a warning that said text requires extra attention, as it may not read exactly as intended by the author. It always aggravates me to receive a letter marked as "dictated but not read"—if a person wants to write something to me, the least they could do is check it beforehand to make sure it's correct!
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dictate to (one)

1. To speak to one who will reproduce the message in a written document. In this usage, "dictate to" is a set phrase. I just finished dictating that memo to my secretary, and she is typing it up right now.
2. To exert control over someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "dictate" and "to." Don't try to dictate the terms of this contract to me! I have a say in it, too, you know.
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dictate (something) to someone

 
1. to speak out words to someone who writes them down; to speak words into a recording device to be written down later by someone. Walter dictated a letter to his secretary. Please come in so I can dictate to you.
2. to lay out or spell out the exact terms of something to someone; to act as a dictator. You can't dictate the rules to us. Please don't dictate to me.
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dictate to

v.
1. To say or read something aloud to someone, especially for it to be written down or notated: The executive dictated the letter to the secretary.
2. To issue orders or commands to someone: The manager dictated the new company policy to the staff.
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What policy dictated was that the "primary contributing factor," in bureaucrat-speak, would be alcohol.
A significant cost is associated with transcribing dictated notes and tracking their course to the medical record.
16) While nature dictated seasonal planting, religious times and the clock regulated the labor and some of the processes that undergirded the plantation system.
Kudos to Vincent's eloquent column on having pronouns dictated to us.
Like a commercial jobbing shop, the task of a fine arts foundry is to define the process to meet the specific needs and differences dictated by variations of one casting from another.
I can now open the Dictate program, blab away, format the text using dictated commands, and cut and paste into another window such as Word or e-mail--without touching my keyboard.
With such a system, a spreadsheet could be created and a fax dictated, addressed and transmitted--all with voice commands while the user is riding in a taxi.
The size and morphology of the crumb rubber particles and the type scrap from which it is produced is normally dictated by the properties expected of the finished product.
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According to MTA associate director, David Bosch, no properties have yet been selected for acquisition for the project using the rules dictated by eminent domain law.
In fact, these dictated wages rarely reach so-called working poor families.
The speed and quickness of the sprinter-hurdler is thus dictated by the arm swing and/or positioning.
These people are not right-wing extremists, but they strongly feel California's assault weapon registration crosses the line between maintaining one's individual God-given rights as dictated by the U.
Now that an increasing number of Americans find themselves participating in "virtual communities" on services such as America Online, CompuServe, Prodigy, and the WELL, does it make sense to have what those citizens are allowed to bring into their own homes be dictated by the arbitrary fact of where their physical homes happen to be?
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