dic·​ta·​tion | \ dik-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce dictation (audio) \

Definition of dictation

b : arbitrary command
2a(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

Examples of dictation in a Sentence

He used a tape recorder for dictation.
Recent Examples on the Web Microsoft super fans who use the 365 suite daily will be impressed by dictation and other integrated features. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The best true wireless earbuds of 2020," 28 Aug. 2020 In conjunction with an app, the C-Face Smart mask can transcribe dictation, amplify the wearer's voice, and translate speech into eight different languages. Rebecca Cairns, CNN, "A Japanese robotics startup has invented a smart mask that translates into eight languages," 3 Aug. 2020 That being said, the dictation accuracy and microphone quality are quite high here. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Surface Earbuds deliver on comfort and sound, but the price leaves you wanting more," 2 July 2020 The iOS keyboard's dictation feature now uses the same engine as the one used for Siri, meaning your dictations will be more accurate. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, "Every New iPhone Feature Apple Revealed for iOS 14," 22 June 2020 To build his dictation engine, Chen broke Mandarin down into its smallest elements, called phonemes. Mara Hvistendahl, Wired, "How a Chinese AI Giant Made Chatting—and Surveillance—Easy," 18 May 2020 The dictation service within Microsoft Word is lousy. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft will bring its powerful cloud dictation and transcription services to Word in 2020," 3 Oct. 2019 One last new feature worth mentioning is the addition of a microphone button in the Chrome OS status bar, so access to voice dictation is more easily accessible. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Google releases Chrome OS 69 with new Material Theme design and Linux support," 18 Sep. 2018 An effective accommodation for a person with visual impairment, for instance, could be as simple as enabling the dictation and typing tool in the Microsoft software suite, which most companies already have. Nancy Geenen, Fortune, "Corporate Diversity Efforts Often Leave Out an Important Group: People With Disabilities," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of dictation

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 2a(2)

History and Etymology for dictation

borrowed from Late Latin dictātiōn-, dictātiō "uttering of material to be transcribed, command" (Latin, "dictated draft"), from Latin dictāre "to say repeatedly, say aloud words to be transcribed by another, issue as an order" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns — more at dictate entry 1

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“Dictation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dictation. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dictation

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


dic·​ta·​tion | \ dik-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce dictation (audio) \

Kids Definition of dictation

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

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