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dictate -- as in: dictate a letter
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as in: dictate a letter Define
say out loud for the purpose of recording
  • She dictated a letter to her secretary.
  • She dictated a text message to her phone.
  • Peter dictated as follows:
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • She wrote at his dictation.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace

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  • Sometimes, as now, she sat on one of the other chairs and took dictation.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The squirrel took dictation.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • One day, I pause during dictation and go to the kitchen to refresh my coffee and I find the two of them watching a movie together.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • After giving these and other commands he returned to his tent, and the dispositions for the battle were written down from his dictation.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • We had reading and geography and Canadian history and dictation today.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Of course my statement must be taken cum grano, since I am writing from the dictation of a clerk of the Russian consul, who kindly translated for me, time being short.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula

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  • Miss Ives looked as if she was performing a duty of no greater emotional significance than taking dictation about a list of shipping invoices.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • One, poorly dressed in mourning, sat at the table opposite the chief clerk, writing something at his dictation.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • But besides all this, in order that the instrument may not be contested, I am anxious to give it the greatest possible authenticity, therefore, one of my colleagues will help me, and, contrary to custom, will assist in the dictation of the testament.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • But Duncan, who, in deference to the other’s skill and services, had hitherto submitted somewhat implicitly to his dictation, now assumed the superior, with a manner that was not easily resisted.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • One morning at the end of the two years, as I was writing a letter to his dictation, he came and bent over me, and said — "Jane, have you a glittering ornament round your neck?"
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Our versions of Iliad and Odyssey must have originated in those versions that at the moment of dictation or recording the performer, whether Homer or a follower of Homer, happened to sing.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • I delight in taking down from dictation.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Right now, nothing is clear to me, I still glimpse only glimmers in the dark, and I must limit my pen, as it were, to taking dictation from events.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • ’My dear sir,’ he cried, ’I write from dictation.’
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Kay had evidently been doing his dictation well and the old gentleman was in a good humour.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Like civilization, it has turned a page, and the new spirit of the time finds her ready to write at its dictation.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • —Have you found those six brave medicals, John Eglinton asked with elder’s gall, to write Paradise Lost at your dictation?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • It was by Mr. Moy’s dictation.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • She didn’t think her father was ill, because the letter had come at his dictation from the office at St. Ogg’s.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Of course I’ve lost you: I’ve interfered, and you’ve seen—under HER dictation"—with which I faced, over the pool again, our infernal witness—"the easy and perfect way to meet it.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • They were historic notes, written in a bold womanly hand at his dictation some months before, and it was the clerical rendering of word after word that absorbed him.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • I have been waiting long for an opportunity—to take this—this decisive step, my love; for, as you must perceive, it is impossible that there should be two chiefs in a family: and now, if you please, we will resume the dictation.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • 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.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • I will write to your dictation, or I will copy and extract what you tell me: I can be of no other use.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Wish she’d quit trying to improve on my dictation!
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • I’ve got to try and take dictation at fifty words a minute.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • I have no desire to hold public office if I am expected blindly to follow in my official actions the dictation of a newspaper combination . or be a rubber stamp even for the President of the United States.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • She got a piece of paper, and bending over the fender wrote at his dictation words which he had evidently got by heart from some advertisement or other—words to the effect that she, the writer, hitherto known as Elizabeth-Jane Newson, was going to call herself Elizabeth-Jane Henchard forthwith.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • The Boss was dour as a teetotal-ing Scot, and the office force walked on tiptoe and girls suddenly burst out crying over their typewriters after they had been in to take dictation and state officials coming out of the inner room laid a handkerchief to the pallid brow with one hand and with the other groped across the long room under the painted eyes of all the gilt-framed dead governors.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • ’Occasionally, perhaps, the writing from your dictation; and possibly, sir,’ said Nicholas, with a half-smile, ’the copying of your speech for some public journal, when you have made one of more than usual importance.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • "Sit down," he said, quite fiercely, "and write to my dictation."
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Miss Prinn crept into T’sung’s office, horrified at the prospect of oral dictation.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • Can’t take dictation worth a damn, and she won’t file.
    Judith Guest  --  Ordinary People
  • Accustomed to regulate his doings by personal impulse alone, he does not willingly submit to dictation from without.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • And to lose her by the interference and the dictation of others, by an impudent old woman and a pretentious fop stepping in with their "authority"!
    Henry James  --  The American
  • He will resist dictation out of the past, but he will follow a new messiah with almost Russian willingness, and into the wildest vagaries of economics, religion, morals and speech.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • AFTER ALESSANDRO had taken half an hour to position himself and the machine so that his elbows would be bent at just the right angle, he was ready to take Strassnitzky’s dictation.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • But we both thought you wrote at his dictation.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • No Pickerbaugh or Rouncefield could burst in here and drag him away to be explanatory and plausible and public; he would be free to work, instead of being summoned to the package-wrapping and dictation of breezy letters which men call work.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • My namesake alone, of those who in school phraseology constituted "our set," presumed to compete with me in the studies of the class—in the sports and broils of the play-ground—to refuse implicit belief in my assertions, and submission to my will—indeed, to interfere with my arbitrary dictation in any respect whatsoever.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  William Wilson
  • HOWARD: I bought it for dictation, but you can do anything with it.
    Arthur Miller  --  Death of a Salesman
  • He wrote the following letter to Fantine’s dictation, and made her sign it:— "MONSIEUR THENARDIER:— You will deliver Cosette to this person.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Then he began to say, in a dull voice, as if repeating a letter from dictation: "Owing to a leakage in the hold of this vessel, the sugar had set, and become converted into rock.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • But Billy Kirby was a fearless wight, and had great jealousy of foreign dictation; he had risen on his feet, and turned his back to the fire, during the voluble delivery of this interrogatory; and when the steward ended, contrary to all expectation, he gave the following spirited reply: "Where! why, on the North River, and maybe on Champlain.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • 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.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
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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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