- Dictation is defined as giving orders authoritatively, or saying or recording words with the intent that they will be written down later.
- Orders that need to be obeyed are an example of dictation.
- Making a recording on a tape recorder for your secretary to type later is an example of dictation.
- the dictating of words for another to write down
- the words so spoken or read
- the giving of authoritative orders or commands
Origin of dictationLate Latin dictatio: see dictate
- a. The act or process of dictating material to another for transcription.b. The material so dictated.
- An authoritative command or order.
(countable and uncountable, plural dictations)
- (uncountable) Dictating, the process of speaking for someone else to write down the words
- Since I learned shorthand, I can take dictation at eighty words a minute.
- (countable) An activity in school where the teacher reads a passage aloud and the students write it down
- 1908: Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables - We had reading and geography and Canadian history and dictation today.
- (countable) The act of ordering or commanding
- 1852: Lysander Spooner, An Essay on the Trial by Jury - ...jurors in England have formerly understood it to be their right and duty to judge only according to their consciences, and not to submit to any dictation from the court, either as to law or fact.
- (uncountable) Orders given in an overbearing manner
- His habit, even with friends, was that of dictation.