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Dictate : verb : to say something to someone who then writes down your words

• To dictate a letter to a secretary…

• He was dictating orders into his pocket dictating machine.

Dictating Machine = machine which records what someone dictates which a secretary can play back and type out the text

Dictation : noun : act of dictating

To Take Dictation = to write down what someone is saying
• The secretary was taking dictation from the managing director.

Dictation Speed = number of words per minute which a secretary can write down in shorthand

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