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as in: dictate a letter Define
say out loud for the purpose of recording
  • Wish she’d quit trying to improve on my dictation!
  • Dictation over, with its need of sitting and thinking instead of bustling around and making a noise and really doing something, Babbitt sat creakily back in his revolving desk-chair and beamed on Miss McGoun.

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  • She took dictation swiftly, her typing was perfect, but Babbitt became jumpy when he tried to work with her.

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

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unspecified meaning
  • The most important thing he dictated that morning was the fortnightly form-letter, to be mimeographed and sent out to a thousand "prospects."
  • He sighed; he read through his mail; he shouted "Msgoun," which meant "Miss McGoun"; and began to dictate.

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  • III He kept Miss McGoun after he had finished dictating.
  • Nobody can dictate to me what I think!
  • Nobody could dictate to him how he was going to think and act!
  • He drove to the office, tried to dictate letters, tried to telephone and, before the call was answered, forgot to whom he was telephoning.

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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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