Definition of dictation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪkˈteɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪkˈteɪʃn//
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  1. 1[uncountable] the act of speaking or reading so that somebody can write down the words
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] a test in which students write down what is being read to them, especially in language lessons
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent. originally meaning the action of giving orders : from late Latin dictatio(n-), from the verb dictare.Extra examples Her secretary is very good at taking dictation. I find it difficult to write letters from dictation. I wrote some letters at his dictation. The teacher gave them a dictation. We did a French dictation in class. We had some very difficult words in our dictation.
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