dictation
noun Date: 1651 1. a. prescription b. arbitrary command 2. a. (1) the act or manner of uttering words to be transcribed (2) material that is dictated or transcribed b. (1) the performing of music to be reproduced by a student (2) music so reproduced

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  • dictation — n. 1) to give dictation 2) to take, take down dictation * * * [dɪk teɪʃ(ə)n] take down dictation to give dictation to take …   Combinatory dictionary

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