Definition of dictated:
- compelled (part of speech: verb)
- "The Charm of Ireland", Burton Egbert Stevenson.
- "Jane Talbot", Charles Brockden Brown.
In the drawing of all the other painters you trace the method and you take note of the knowledge through which the model has been seen and which has, as it were, dictated to the eye what it should see.- "Modern Painting", George Moore.