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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.
See also: dictate, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: dictate, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: dictate, to
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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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.
'It's very different thing to be a senator who's very cooperative, very supportive of the programs of Malacanang and to be a senator being dictated to by Malacanang.
We will support Malacanang all the way, but we will not be dictated to.'
Physician Harold Bornstein said a letter released in December 2015 during the presidential campaign was dictated to him by Mr Trump.
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".
The people who turn up at school halls and stations, Are voting first for locals,not really their nations, For councillors with an interest in buses and stops, With a knowledge of pubs,post offices and shops, They vote for a councillor,a local,well known, Who will speak out at meetings when problems are shown, The last thing they need is a partisan faction, Dictated to by a distant Party call to action, We don't want councillors to pay service by lip, And then do as dictated by the Party Whip.
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.
Even though some of the COs in the air group had tried to change the "climate" in their commands by reinforcing the importance of crew day, the "culture" dictated to push crew day if it was convenient to get the job done, especially when supporting other commands.
Canada has become a country where the majority is dictated to by an appointed minority, where tax-free unions, funded by compulsion, dictate to their forced membership and use union dues as they see fit, courtesy of an appointed judge, where the Parliamentary system has become subservient to judicial tyranny under the guise of "independence of the judiciary." A more appropriate phrase for these judicial outlaws would be "the perversion of the judiciary."
Vincent proclaims, "I will not have my pronouns dictated to me," and I echo her sentiment.
WITH reference to smoking being banned in pubs, it makes me angry to think we are being dictated to.
When your conception of reality is dictated to you in violation of the facts, that's dictatorship.
"I will not be dictated to. If they do try and dictate what I should do and who I should employ, I will not accept the job."