dictation

noun

dic·​ta·​tion dik-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce dictation (audio)
1
b
: arbitrary command
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

Examples of dictation in a Sentence

He used a tape recorder for dictation.
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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of dictation was in 1624

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Cite this Entry

“Dictation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dictation. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

dictation

noun
dic·​ta·​tion dik-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce dictation (audio)
1
: the act or process of giving commands
2
a
: the dictating of words
write from dictation
b
: something that is dictated or is taken down from dictation
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