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[dik-tey-shuh n] /dɪkˈteɪ ʃən/
the act or manner of dictating for reproduction in writing.
the act or manner of transcribing words uttered by another.
words that are dictated or that are reproduced from dictation.
the playing or singing of music to be notated by a listener, especially as a technique of training the ear.
music notated from dictation.
the act of commanding arbitrarily.
something commanded.
Origin of dictation
1650-60; < Late Latin dictātiōn- (stem of dictātiō) a dictating < Latin dictāt(us) (see dictate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
dictational, adjective
nondictation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dictation
Historical Examples
  • Then other addresses, supplied by the teacher, may be written from dictation or copied, other pupils now writing at the board.

  • It may have been written at Henry Dunbar's dictation, and under coercion.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • The rank and file of the parties were no longer willing to submit blindly to the dictation of leaders.

    Union and Democracy Allen Johnson
  • The guidance of this expert he will follow, and do what he has to do at his dictation.

    The Memorabilia Xenophon
  • Take from his dictation the answers to the questions I ask you.

    The Guns of Europe Joseph A. Altsheler
  • I will no longer submit to dictation nor control at your hands.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • He could only complete part of the letter himself; the rest was finished, under his dictation, by Miss Blanchard.

    Armadale Wilkie Collins
  • He would stop any time in the midst of dictation to enjoy them.

  • This must, of course, have been from notes written at Johnston's dictation.

  • In the dictation I gave him the Council of Trent happened to occur.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
British Dictionary definitions for dictation


the act of dictating material to be recorded or taken down in writing
the material dictated
authoritative commands or the act of giving them
Derived Forms
dictational, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dictation

1650s, from Late Latin dictationem (nominative dictatio), noun of action from past participle stem of dictare (see dictate (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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