dictation

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noun dic·ta·tion \dik-ˈtā-shən\

Definition of dictation

  1. 1a :  prescriptionb :  arbitrary command

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

Examples of dictation in a Sentence

  1. He used a tape recorder for dictation.

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First Known Use of dictation

1624



DICTATION Defined for English Language Learners

dictation

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Definition of dictation for English Language Learners

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


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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