Definition of dictate noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

BrE BrE//ˈdɪkteɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪkteɪt//
 
[usually plural] (formal) an order or a rule that you must obey to follow the dictates of fashion
Word Origin late 16th cent. (in sense (1)): from Latin dictat- ‘dictated’, from the verb dictare.
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