[dik-tey-shuh n]


Nearby words

  1. dict.,
  2. dicta,
  3. dictaphone,
  4. dictate,
  5. dictating machine,
  6. dictator,
  7. dictatorial,
  8. dictatorship,
  9. diction,
  10. dictionary

Origin of dictation

1650–60; < Late Latin dictātiōn- (stem of dictātiō) a dictating < Latin dictāt(us) (see dictate) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsdic·ta·tion·al, adjectivenon·dic·ta·tion, noun

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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 Formsdictational, 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.)).

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