Definition of Dictation

1. Noun. An authoritative direction or instruction to do something.

Exact synonyms: Bid, Bidding, Command
Generic synonyms: Speech Act
Specialized synonyms: Countermand, Order, Charge, Commission, Direction, Commandment, Injunction, Behest, Open Sesame
Derivative terms: Bid, Bid, Command, Dictate, Dictate

2. Noun. Speech intended for reproduction in writing.

3. Noun. Matter that has been dictated and transcribed; a dictated passage. "He signed and mailed his dictation without bothering to read it"
Generic synonyms: Matter
Derivative terms: Dictate

Definition of Dictation

1. n. The act of dictating; the act or practice of prescribing; also that which is dictated.

Definition of Dictation

1. Noun. dictating, the process of speaking for someone else to write down the words ¹

2. Noun. an activity in school where the teacher reads a passage aloud and the students write it down ¹

3. Noun. the act of ordering or commanding ¹

4. Noun. orders given in an overbearing manner ¹

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Definition of Dictation

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Dictation

dictated but not read
dictation (current term)
dictation machine
dictation machines
dictatorship of the majority
dictatorship of the proletariat

Literary usage of Dictation

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Subject Index of the Modern Works Added to the Library of the British Museum George Knottesford Fortescue by George Knottesford Fortescue (1902)
"ENGLISH dictation. A Handbook of English 12201. c, 44. ... dictation Exercises. 1887. 8'. Stewart's Civil Service Text-books. pp. 96. Lond. 1891. 8«. ..."

2. How the French Boy Learns to Write: A Study in the Teaching of the Mother Tongue by Rollo Walter Brown, National Council of Teachers of English (1915)
"B. dictation The second of the preliminary exercises universally employed by the French teacher of the mother tongue is dictation. In America, dictation ..."

3. The Teaching of English: Teaching the Art and Science of Language by Paul Klapper (1915)
"It is evident that dictation for such a purpose is of little importance, ... We must posit, definitely, the aims of dictation before we proceed with the ..."

4. Gregg Speed Studies by John Robert Gregg (1917)
"Rounding Angles; Reading and dictation Material; Letters 36^3 71-76 XIII. ... The Law of Rhythm; Reading and dictation Material; tation Material; ..."

5. Content Area Reading: A Heuristic Approach by Anthony & Ula Manzo (1990)
"A UNIVERSAL SPECIAL-NEEDS STRATEGY: THE dictation METHOD While most of the methods presented in this chapter are appropriate for use in the regular content ..."

6. Practical Journalism: A Complete Manual of the Best Newspaper Methods by Edwin Llewellyn Shuman (1903)
"Some of the most successful newspaper men now go a step farther, and do much of their writing by dictation. In some cases they employ stenographers, ..."

7. Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1884)
"The relative " weight" given to the obligatory subjects in making up the average standing will be as follows : Handwriting, 3 ; copying from dictation, ..."

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