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dictation

Noun

1 an authoritative direction or instruction to do something [syn: command, bid, bidding]
2 speech intended for reproduction in writing
3 matter that has been dictated and transcribed; a dictated passage; "he mailed the dictation without bothering to read it"

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Pronunciation

(US) IPA: /dɪkˈteɪʃən/

Noun

dictation
  1. dictating, the process of speaking for someone else to write down the words
    Since I learned shorthand, I can take dictation at eighty words a minute.
  2. an activity in school where the teacher reads a passage aloud and the students write it down
    1908: Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables - We had reading and geography and Canadian history and dictation today.
  3. the act of ordering or commanding
    1852: Lysander Spooner, An Essay on the Trial by Jury - ...jurors in England have formerly understood it to be their right and duty to judge only according to their consciences, and not to submit to any dictation from the court, either as to law or fact.
  4. orders given in an overbearing manner
    His habit, even with friends, was that of dictation.

Translations

the process of speaking for someone else to write down the words
an activity in school where the teacher reads a passage aloud and the students write it down
the act of ordering or commanding
orders given in an overbearing manner

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