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dictation

noun
     
Related topics: School, Languages
dic‧ta‧tion
1 [uncountable] when you say words for someone to write down:
There were no secretaries available to take dictation (=write down what someone is saying).
2 [countable]SESSLL a piece of writing that a teacher reads out to test your ability to hear and write the words correctly:
I hate doing French dictations.

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