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dictation

noun     /dɪkˈteɪ.ʃən/
[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).Office practices [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 .Exams, tests and exercises
(Definition of dictation noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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