Definitions for dictationdɪkˈteɪ ʃən
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command, bid, bidding, dictation(noun)
an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
speech intended for reproduction in writing
matter that has been dictated and transcribed; a dictated passage
"he signed and mailed his dictation without bothering to read it"
dictating, the process of speaking for someone else to write down the words
Since I learned shorthand, I can take dictation at eighty words a minute.
an activity in school where the teacher reads a passage aloud and the students write it down
1908: Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables - We had reading and geography and Canadian history and dictation today.
the act of ordering or commanding
1852: Lysander Spooner, An Essay on the Trial by Jury - ...jurors in England have formerly understood it to be their right and duty to judge only according to their consciences, and not to submit to any dictation from the court, either as to law or fact.
orders given in an overbearing manner
His habit, even with friends, was that of dictation.
the act of dictating; the act or practice of prescribing; also that which is dictated
the speaking to, or the giving orders to, in an overbearing manner; authoritative utterance; as, his habit, even with friends, was that of dictation
Origin: [L. dictatio.]
Dictation is the transcription of spoken text: one person who is "dictating" speaks and another who is "taking dictation" writes down the words as they are spoken. Among speakers of several languages, dictation is used as a test of language skill, similar to spelling bees in the English-speaking world.
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