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as in: dictate a letter Define
say out loud for the purpose of recording
  • However, as she at once proceeded with her dictation, and as I interrupted nothing by doing it, I ventured quietly to stop poor Peepy as he was going out and to take him up to nurse.
  • Ada and Richard were lingering for a few moments by the fire, wondering whether Mrs. Jellyby had yet finished her dictation for the day, when Mr. Jarndyce, who had been out of the room, returned.

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  • "I am very sorry I couldn’t go on writing from dictation, Ma," sobbed Caddy.
  • A third man in uniform, whom Mr. Bucket called and to whom he whispered his instructions, went out; and then the two others advised together while one wrote from Mr. Bucket’s subdued dictation.

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  • She dictated a letter to her secretary.
  • She dictated a text message to her phone.

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  • Mrs. Jellyby, sitting in quite a nest of waste paper, drank coffee all the evening and dictated at intervals to her eldest daughter.
  • She was by that time perseveringly dictating to Caddy, and Caddy was fast relapsing into the inky condition in which we had found her.

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  • My mother, though highly exasperating to the feelings, is actuated by maternal dictates.
  • I will write anything, here and now, that you will dictate.
  • "If you would like," said Mrs. Jellyby, putting a number of papers towards us, "to look over some remarks on that head, and on the general subject, which have been extensively circulated, while I finish a letter I am now dictating to my eldest daughter, who is my amanuensis—"
  • Now, Esther, I don’t mean to amend that very objectionable course: I will not hold John Jarndyce’s favour on those unfair terms of compromise, which he has no right to dictate.
  • Mrs. Jellyby sat there all day drinking strong coffee, dictating, and holding Borrioboolan interviews by appointment.
  • Mrs. Bagnet shows her white teeth cheerfully, but to the perception of her son, betrays so much uneasiness of spirit that he is impelled by the dictates of affection to ask her, with his eyes, what is the matter, thus standing, with his eyes wide open, more oblivious of the fowls than before, and not affording the least hope of a return to consciousness.
  • " ’And begs,’ " said Mrs. Jellyby, dictating, " ’to inform him, in reference to his letter of inquiry on the African project—’

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as in: Hitler dictated that Define
issue commands or orders
as in: dictate a letter Define
say out loud for the purpose of recording
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