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dictation

noun [U]    /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 reading aloud of a piece of writing in a language being learned in order to test the ability of students to hear and write the language correctly: a dictation exercise
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