dictate etymology

English word dictate comes from Proto-Indo-European *deyḱ-, Proto-Indo-European *deyḱ-e-, and later Proto-Indo-European *déyḱti (To be pointing out.)

Detailed word origin of dictate

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*deyḱ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to show, point out, to point out
*deyḱ-e- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to show, point out
*déyḱti Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) To be pointing out.
*dḗyḱst Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) To point out.
*deikō Proto-Italic (itc-pro) Say.
dico Latin (lat) (legal, followed by ad) I plead (before).. I affirm, assert (positively).. I appoint, name (to an office).. I call, name.. I declare, state.. I say, utter; mention; talk, speak.. I speak in reference to, refer to.. I tell.
dictate English (eng) An order or command. To order, command, control.. To speak in order for someone to write down the words.

Words with the same origin as dictate

Descendants of *deyḱ-
addict addiction avenge benedict condition dedicate dedication dictionary index indicate indictment judge judgement judgment jurisdiction preach preacher predict predictable prejudice tee vengeance verdict videotape
Descendants of *deyḱ-e-
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