Definition of “dictation” - English Dictionary

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“dictation” in British English

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dictationnoun

uk /dɪkˈteɪ.ʃən/ 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 students learning a foreign language, to test their ability to hear and write the language correctly:

Our French dictation lasted half 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 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

(Definition of “dictation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“dictation” in Business English

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dictationnoun [ U ]

uk /dɪkˈteɪʃən/ us

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)