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.

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Word and OneNote will be the first web apps to get dictation and PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook will all get the same feature in 2019. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft is bringing dictation to its Office web apps to help people with dyslexia," 15 Oct. 2018 In other words, by taking dictation from ISS or Glass Lewis, an institutional investor could protect itself from lawsuits. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Cracking the Proxy Racket," 17 Sep. 2018 In 2017, Google debuted a dictation feature for the Gboard iPhone app that can recognize a person’s voice and send messages to others, negating the need to manually enter text. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Google Brings Morse Code to the iPhone," 12 July 2018 In the workplace, the most common tasks performed by smart assistants include voice dictation, employee calendar management, email management and customer services, according to the Spiceworks survey. Angus Loten, WSJ, "Alexa, Can Voice Assistants Introduce Corporate Cybersecurity Risks?," 5 July 2018 Speech dictation programs like Dragon passively transcribe language between text and speech without analysis. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "IBM's Jeopardy-Winning AI Is Now Ready to Debate You," 19 June 2018 To Microsoft’s credit, the company has invested heavily in making Windows accessible, with everything from audible Narrator cues, dictation, eye tracking, and more serving as assistive technologies. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's mixed reality isn't dead, it's just moving to where businesses will pay for it," 7 May 2018 Microsoft is also adding a new dictation option with this update, a mute tab feature for Microsoft Edge, nearby sharing options, and plenty more. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Windows 10’s April 2018 Update is now available," 30 Apr. 2018 There’s nothing wrong with being a stenographer in a courtroom, but Pon’s refusal to take questions left journalists in the role of glorified dictation takers. Joe Davidson, Washington Post, "New OPM chief presses for civil service overhaul, but administration is less interested in diversity," 1 May 2018

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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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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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