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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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One might argue that the living-wage ordinance is just an extension of minimum-wage laws that governments already dictate to business.
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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.
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