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Definitions for dictation
dɪkˈteɪ ʃəndic·ta·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. command, bid, bidding, dictationnoun

    an authoritative direction or instruction to do something

  2. dictationnoun

    speech intended for reproduction in writing

  3. dictationnoun

    matter that has been dictated and transcribed; a dictated passage

    "he signed and mailed his dictation without bothering to read it"


  1. dictationnoun

    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.

  2. dictationnoun

    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.

  3. dictationnoun

    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.

  4. dictationnoun

    orders given in an overbearing manner

    His habit, even with friends, was that of dictation.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dictationnoun

    The act or practice of dictating or prescribing. Dict.

    Etymology: from dictate.


  1. dictation

    Dictation is the process of speaking or reading aloud words for someone else to write down or a machine to record, often with the intention of testing one's ability to understand and write in a certain language, or to transcribe spoken thoughts or ideas into written format.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dictationnoun

    the act of dictating; the act or practice of prescribing; also that which is dictated

  2. Dictationnoun

    the speaking to, or the giving orders to, in an overbearing manner; authoritative utterance; as, his habit, even with friends, was that of dictation

  3. Etymology: [L. dictatio.]


  1. Dictation

    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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dictation in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dictation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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