dictate to

phrasal verb
dictated to; dictating to; dictates to

Definition of dictate to

: to give orders to (someone) usually used as (be) dictated to I resent being dictated to by someone with half my experience.

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“Dictate to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dictate%20to. Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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