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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
  • Because it challenges our view of writers as solitary artists taking dictation from the muse.
  • Seems they didn't have enough time to wait to do dictation in the car.
  • The students likely copied down poems from other texts and dictation as part of their lessons.
  • dictation is still a lot faster way to get data in, but harder to get data out.
  • dictation programs designed to convert the spoken word into typed text haven't come that far, after all.
  • It works with built-in apps, adds dictation anywhere there's a keyboard.
  • dictation and press releases, masking as real reportage.
  • One could have taken dictation from the accuracy of the performance, and yet there were some original ideas.
  • It may never be determined who actually took that dictation.
  • Tanner heard him, and hobbled down to take dictation.
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
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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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