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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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dictates of conscience

The guiding principles of what one believes is right. The word “dictate” has been so used, for the authoritative words of law, scripture, and the like, since the late sixteenth century. In 1656 Archbishop John Bramhall wrote, “Contrarie to the dictate of his conscience.”
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The English version of Dragon Dictate Medical for Mac, version 4, is available immediately for download starting at $999.99 on www.nuance.com.
In cooperation with Nuance, MacPractice is certified compatible and integrated with this new version of Dragon Dictate Medical for Mac.
Dragon Dictate for Mac allows people to save time and to be more productive at school, work, home, or on the go with dictation speeds up to three times faster than typing, with words appearing on the screen as you speak them.
Air Dictate, which in addition to an iPhone 4S requires a Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later, is the newest app from Avatron, the maker of Air Display, Air Sharing and Print Sharing.
Speech solutions provider Nuance Communications Inc (Nasdaq:NUAN) unveiled on Monday Dragon Dictate for Mac v2.0, the newest addition to the Dragon family of speech recognition products.
"Whereas in the first set, at least when I was behind in games, I was coming up with big serves, being able to dictate the points.
So about a year ago, the department switched from analog to digital recording, and brought in Express Dictate digital voice recording and Express Scribe transcription playback software from NCH Software, which is based in Greenwood Village, Colo.
Well,absolutely not, Gates said when asked: Would you be comfortable with any negotiations that gave the Taliban the power to dictate a timetable for US troop withdrawal?
3 : to make necessary <Tradition dictates that we go first.>
* EU bureaucrats from Brussels now dictate to parents how and under what conditions they may spank their children.
The service works with a company's existing infrastructure and bandwidth, and can be expanded as business needs dictate. The service can be accessed from any location with Internet access via a robust online dashboard that makes controlling how calls and messages are handled easier.
These highly variable geologic conditions, significantly affected by past glacial activity, dictate different design and construction approaches throughout the five boroughs.
The rules of wrestling (the high school variety, not the cable TV folding-chair-across-the-back version) dictate that a competitor receives two points for a reversal maneuver.
Considering the business demands of the corporation, probably not, but there will be a need for developing a close strategic relationship with the deposit libraries not least because they will have the authority to dictate the means of delivery, which in turn could have a major financial impact on the corporation aside from the implications for content creation processes.
The training process requires the user to dictate text that appears on the screen into the software.