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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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References in classic literature ?
The first sentence was easily dictated to my patient secretary.
A submissive orchestra dictated to by a spectacled man with frowsy hair and a dress suit, industriously followed the bobs of his head and the waves of his baton.
Police Directorate and, in response to news reports categorically denied ever being dictated to by inmates interrogated by judges investigating recent Fath al-Islam escape attempt and alleged hanging of an inmate by the same group members.
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".
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.
Vincent proclaims, "I will not have my pronouns dictated to me," and I echo her sentiment.
If you tacitly allow your government to dictate to you one religious belief over the other, you will soon find yourself in the very uncomfortable position of perhaps having a viewpoint which you strenuously disagree with being dictated to you in the future.