take dictation

idiom

: to write down the words that someone says so that they can be used in a letter, report, etc.
Her secretary's very good at taking dictation.

Examples of take dictation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Milch arrived, told someone to take dictation, and delivered a stream-of-consciousness speech that, legend has it, Franz(*) performed word-for-word only minutes later. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 21 Sep. 2023 Moran went on to do much more than take dictation as the industrious author’s fading eyesight, Parkinson’s and an emergency surgery affected her ability to work and speak in the late 1980s. Lisa Amand, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Mar. 2022 Three weeks later, Ms. Bennett said, she was summoned to Mr. Cuomo’s second-floor office and was asked to take dictation with another aide. New York Times, 10 Aug. 2021

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“Take dictation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20dictation. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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