Synonyms of dictate in English:

dictate


See definition of dictate

verb

1‘he sent for his secretary and dictated a letter’

SYNONYMS

say aloud, utter, speak, read out, read aloud, recite

ANTONYMS

write

2‘the government's official position is dictated by the prime minister’

SYNONYMS

prescribe, lay down, impose, set down, set out

order, command, decree, ordain, direct, pronounce, enjoin, promulgate

determine, decide, influence, affect, choose, control, govern

3‘my daughter is always dictating to her friends’

SYNONYMS

give orders to, order about, order around, boss, boss about, boss around, impose one's will on, lord it over, bully, domineer, dominate, tyrannize, oppress, ride roughshod over, control, pressurize, browbeat

lay down the law, act the tin god

informal push about, push around, bulldoze, walk all over

call the shots, throw one's weight about, throw one's weight around


noun

1‘he showed blind obedience to the dictates of his superior’

SYNONYMS

order, command, decree, edict, rule, ruling, ordinance, dictum, directive, direction, instruction, pronouncement, mandate, requirement, stipulation, injunction, ultimatum, demand, exhortation

bidding, request, charge, promulgation

ukase

pronunciamento

informal say-so

literary behest

archaic hest

rare rescript

2‘the dictates of fashion’

SYNONYMS

principle, guiding principle, code, canon, law, rule, regulation, precept, dictum, axiom, maxim