[ dik-tey-shuhn ]
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  1. the act or manner of dictating for reproduction in writing.

  2. the act or manner of transcribing words uttered by another.

  1. words that are dictated or that are reproduced from dictation.

  2. the playing or singing of music to be notated by a listener, especially as a technique of training the ear.

  3. music notated from dictation.

  4. the act of commanding arbitrarily.

  5. something commanded.

Origin of dictation

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

Other words from dictation

  • dic·ta·tion·al, adjective
  • non·dic·ta·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for dictation


/ (dɪkˈteɪʃən) /

  1. the act of dictating material to be recorded or taken down in writing

  2. the material dictated

  1. authoritative commands or the act of giving them

Derived forms of dictation

  • dictational, adjective

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