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dictation

noun uk   /dɪkˈteɪ.ʃən/ us  
[U] the activity of dictating something for someone else to write down: I'll ask my assistant to take dictation (= write down what I say). [C] a test in which a piece of writing is dictated to students learning a foreign language, to test their ability to hear and write the language correctly: Our French dictation lasted half an hour.
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