dictation

noun
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 With Gboard’s voice dictation, Osterloh talked to the Pixel to write and send a message. Will Knight, Wired, 13 Aug. 2021 Assistive technology is defined as any product that improves the lives of individuals who otherwise may not be able to complete tasks without specialized equipment, such as wheelchairs and dictation services. Wendy Gonzalez, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 With Gboard’s voice dictation, Osterloh talked to the Pixel to write and send a message. Will Knight, Wired, 13 Aug. 2021 While working for Cuomo’s executive chamber, Commisso was responsible for typical administrative tasks: managing incoming and outgoing phone calls, taking dictation, drafting documents. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Aug. 2021 No limit for on-device dictation – iOS 15 now allows users to dictate messages with no time limit. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 14 June 2021 Davis said they were checked against Hubbard’s original dictation. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 With Gboard’s voice dictation, Osterloh talked to the Pixel to write and send a message. Julian Chokkatt, Wired, 2 Aug. 2021 The enhanced Siri functionality in iOS 15 includes support for features that don’t require an internet connection, including on-device dictation. Chris Smith, BGR, 7 July 2021

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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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17 Oct 2021

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“Dictation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dictation. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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dictation

noun

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

dictation

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

Kids Definition of dictation

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

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