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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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Should content be selected for retention, or is that too labor intensive in a server-based environment where Moore's Law dictates that storage costs will keep falling?
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.
There is no express or implied reference that the aforesaid rules or marital conduct can be overruled by the dictates of one's conscience.
The suburban tri-state real estate market has continued on its positive course through 1997, and the resulting low vacancy rates dictate fewer options for companies looking for quality office space.
Although based on her own experience as a Chicana and Catholic, this installation transcended specific issues to comment, through the language of mirrors and mirroring, on the formation of identity by institutional dictates.
Commenting on a statement of US General Stanley McCrystal that he did not ask Chief of Pakistan's Army Chief General Pervez Kayani for details regarding operation in North Waziristan, military sources said it clearly indicated that the military leadership does not take dictates from outside Pakistan.
It's certainly unusual to have high fire danger at the end of January, but it's really the weather that dictates our fire season,'' said Capt.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, are now taking consumer complaints to see if gasoline retailers have hiked prices beyond what the market dictates.
Living side by side with their neighbors without fear of recrimination or conformity to someone else's dictates of what should and should not be allowed.
Riordan's compromise to adopt a number of the suggested reforms and have them implemented via the Police Commission and Chief Parks, all of whom are appointed by the elected local government, was not unreasonable and in fact is preferable to federal decree or dictates by a federal judge.