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Definition of dictation
1 (abbreviation: dict.) the action of saying words aloud to be typed, written down, or recorded on tape:the dictation of letters the activity of taking down a passage that is read aloud by a teacher as a test of spelling, writing, or language skills:passages for dictation an utterance that is typed, written down, or recorded:the person who writes the dictation down is his agent
2the action of giving orders authoritatively or categorically.