1. the act or manner of dictating for reproduction in writing.
  2. the act or manner of transcribing words uttered by another.
  3. words that are dictated or that are reproduced from dictation.
  4. the playing or singing of music to be notated by a listener, especially as a technique of training the ear.
  5. music notated from dictation.
  6. the act of commanding arbitrarily.
  7. something commanded.


  1. the act of dictating material to be recorded or taken down in writing
  2. the material dictated
  3. authoritative commands or the act of giving them

1650s, from Late Latin dictationem (nominative dictatio), noun of action from past participle stem of dictare (see dictate (v.)).

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