Etymology
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dictation (n.)

1650s, "authoritative utterance," from Late Latin dictationem (nominative dictatio) "a dictating, dictation," noun of action from past-participle stem of dictare  "say often, prescribe," frequentative of dicere "to say, speak" (from PIE root *deik- "to show," also "pronounce solemnly"). Meaning "act or practice of expressing orally for another to write down" is by 1727.

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Definitions of dictation

dictation (n.)
an authoritative direction or instruction to do something;
Synonyms: command / bid / bidding
dictation (n.)
speech intended for reproduction in writing;
dictation (n.)
matter that has been dictated and transcribed; a dictated passage;
he signed and mailed his dictation without bothering to read it
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