If your boss asks you to take dictation, then she’s going to say stuff out loud that she wants you to document in writing. When she begins dictation make sure you write down everything she says — no doodling.

If you’re a famous writer you might hire someone to take dictation so you can just speak and someone will write or type what you say. Dictation can describe the process of documenting spoken words, or the written words themselves. If you see an old movie with a man in a suit telling his secretary, "take this down," he's about to give dictation. A dictation can also be a command, like your dad's dictation that you mow the lawn.

Definitions of dictation
  1. noun
    an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
    synonyms: bid, bidding, command
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    a contrary command cancelling or reversing a previous command
    (often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed
    charge, commission, direction, mandate
    a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something
    something that is commanded
    a formal command or admonition
    an authoritative command or request
    open sesame
    a magical command; used by Ali Baba
    marching orders
    an order from a superior officer for troops to depart
    an order to appear in person at a given place and time
    a verbal command for action
    an incorrect charge to a jury given by a judge
    type of:
    speech act
    the use of language to perform some act
  2. noun
    speech intended for reproduction in writing
  3. noun
    matter that has been dictated and transcribed; a dictated passage
    “he signed and mailed his dictation without bothering to read it”
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    written works (especially in books or magazines)
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