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dictation

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noun dic·ta·tion \dik-ˈtā-shən\

Simple Definition of dictation

  • : the act of speaking words that someone writes down or that a machine records : the act of dictating words

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dictation

  1. 1 a :  prescription b :  arbitrary command

  2. 2 a (1) :  the act or manner of uttering words to be transcribed (2) :  material that is dictated or transcribed b (1) :  the performing of music to be reproduced by a student (2) :  music so reproduced



DICTATION Defined for Kids

dictation

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noun dic·ta·tion \dik-ˈtā-shən\

Definition of dictation for Students

  1. :  the act of speaking words for someone else to write down or for a machine to record the words spoken





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