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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

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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Dragon Dictate now detects formatting changes such as abbreviations, numbers and more, so dictated text appears the way you prefer - every time.
I firmly believe that that will not happen, because we will not be dictated to, because I am also confident that the friends of Israel led by the US will not let that happen".
So to whom they meet, to who they (do) not meet, it is not to be dictated by PRC.
Using the EU as precedent, we can surmise that the rule of law in the United States will increasingly be dictated to us by unelected "trade" officials.
The design, construction and cost of a building foundation in the New York City area are usually dictated by the widely varying geologic conditions encountered in the five boroughs.
By allowing gravity to pull you forward rather than requiring your legs to push you forward, your speed will no longer be dictated exclusively by your leg strength.
Dresslar said that in cases in which service stations' costs are dictated by suppliers, the probe would likely extend to the oil companies themselves.
The final point on the market side is that we have relied on the domestic markets for consuming our supply and, for the longest time, the end markets have dictated how that supply is going to go to them.
Because the archive needs to serve different business needs, user permissions will be dictated by relevant business processes.
The movement on the court will be dictated by whichever player is more determined (or prepared) to complete his task.
Rather than statistics guiding policy, a preordained policy dictated what the statistics would be.
Because it's easy to get lost in a corporate culture dictated by your employer, it's important to take the time to clarify your position.
Transcribing the dictated note, awaiting review and signature by the physician and filing it in the patient record adds a significant delay to the process.
The dictated notes are downloaded to a PC and then routed to a transcription service.
12) Schultz suggests that men, doctors especially, regulated women's time and dictated nurses' actions by controll ing the clock and using it to schedule the work day.