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Meaning of “dictation” in the English Dictionary

"dictation" in British English

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dictationnoun

uk   us   /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). [C] a ​test in which a ​piece of writing is ​dictated to ​studentslearning a ​foreignlanguage, to ​testtheirability to ​hear and write the ​languagecorrectly: Our ​French dictation ​lastedhalf an ​hour.
(Definition of dictation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dictation" in American English

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dictationnoun [U]

 us   /dɪkˈteɪ·ʃən/
the ​act of saying something ​aloud, so that ​your words can be ​prepared in writing by someone ​else: Can we get someone from the ​agency who ​takes dictation? Dictation is also the ​readingaloud of a ​piece of writing in a ​language being ​learned in ​order to ​test the ​ability of ​students to ​hear and write the ​languagecorrectly: a dictation ​exercise
(Definition of dictation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"dictation" in Business English

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dictationnoun [U]

uk   us   /dɪkˈteɪʃən/
WORKPLACE the ​activity of speaking something aloud for a ​person or ​machine to ​record, so it can be written down later: An ​assistant will take your dictation over the ​phone and ​send a ​fax or ​email to your ​recipient.
(Definition of dictation from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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