- 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
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Examples from the Web for dictation
But you must learn the dictation; the great book, the magnum opus, it is there.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
This is a convenient arrangement in using the phonograph for correspondence or dictation.Heroes of the Telegraph
It may have been written at Henry Dunbar's dictation, and under coercion.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
Then I will write out the charm from your dictation, he said.Charmides
The guidance of this expert he will follow, and do what he has to do at his dictation.The Memorabilia
- the act of dictating material to be recorded or taken down in writing
- the material dictated
- authoritative commands or the act of giving them
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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