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    English (Ireland)
    Dictate can have several different meanings depending on context

    1) To read or speak aloud at a speed and in a manner that allows someone to write down what you are saying. "I will dictate a letter to my secretary."

    2) To impose terms and/or conditions. "The bank has the authority to dictate the conditions of the loan"

    3) To convey a sense of obligation and/or unavoidability. "Our fear of flying and/or the Air Trafic Controller's strike dictated that we travel by train"
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