dictate

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. enjoin, command; draw up, say for transcription; domineer, browbeat. See insolence.
II
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To speak for record]
Syn. speak, deliver, give forth, interview, compose, formulate, verbalize, record, orate, emit, give an account, draft correspondence, prepare the first draft; see also talk 1 .
2. [To give peremptory orders]
Syn. direct, prescribe, decree, ordain; see command 1 , 2 , manage 1 .
Ant. follow*, plead, petition.
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
I
n.
directive, rule, order, direction, command, mandate, law, ordinance, decree, bidding, dictum, requirement.
II
v.
1. prescribe order, command, direct, rule, charge, lay down the law, demand, enjoin, *call the shots, impose, ordain.
2. read aloud compose, utter, draft, record.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I verb 1. To set forth expressly and authoritatively: decree, fix, impose, lay down, ordain, prescribe. Idioms: call the shots (or tune), lay it on the line. See OVER. 2. To command or issue commands in an arrogant manner: boss, dominate, domineer, order, rule, tyrannize. See OVER. II noun 1. An authoritative indication to be obeyed: behest, bidding, charge, command, commandment, direction, directive, injunction, instruction (often used in plural), mandate, order, word. See OVER, WORDS. 2. A code or set of codes governing action or procedure, for example: prescript, regulation, rubric, rule. See ORDER.

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