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Noun dictation has 3 senses
  1. command, bid, bidding, dictation - an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
    --1 is a kind of speech act
    --1 has particulars:
     countermand; order; commission, charge, direction; commandment; injunction; behest; open sesame
    Derived forms: verb dictate3, verb dictate1
  2. dictation - speech intended for reproduction in writing
    --2 is a kind of
    speech, speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, language, voice communication, oral communication
    Derived form: verb dictate2
  3. dictation - matter that has been dictated and transcribed; a dictated passage; "he mailed the dictation without bothering to read it"
    --3 is a kind of
    Derived form: verb dictate2
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