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dictated but not read

Copied into text through dictation but not written or proofread by the author. (Sometimes shortened to "dictated, not read.") Used as a warning that said text requires extra attention, as it may not read exactly as intended by the author. It always aggravates me to receive a letter marked as "dictated but not read"—if a person wants to write something to me, the least they could do is check it beforehand to make sure it's correct!
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dictate to (one)

1. To speak to one who will reproduce the message in a written document. In this usage, "dictate to" is a set phrase. I just finished dictating that memo to my secretary, and she is typing it up right now.
2. To exert control over someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "dictate" and "to." Don't try to dictate the terms of this contract to me! I have a say in it, too, you know.
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dictate (something) to someone

 
1. to speak out words to someone who writes them down; to speak words into a recording device to be written down later by someone. Walter dictated a letter to his secretary. Please come in so I can dictate to you.
2. to lay out or spell out the exact terms of something to someone; to act as a dictator. You can't dictate the rules to us. Please don't dictate to me.
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dictate to

v.
1. To say or read something aloud to someone, especially for it to be written down or notated: The executive dictated the letter to the secretary.
2. To issue orders or commands to someone: The manager dictated the new company policy to the staff.
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She would not have access to the Mac side of the computer while dictating.
But the company believes that promoting a real alternative to dictating in Windows is an obvious move because as many as 16 percent of current computer users are on Macs and by 2010 nearly 25 percent of the American population will use assistive technology, including speech recognition.
The Company's TouchWorks(TM) software is a modular Electronic Medical Record (EMR) that enhances physician productivity by automating the most common physician activities including prescribing, dictating, capturing charges, ordering labs and viewing results, providing patient education, and documenting clinical encounters.
Some physicians simply are not comfortable with computerized data entry but have been dictating their notes for years.
Using a Tablet PC, wireless PDA, or desktop workstation, the TouchWorks EMR automates the most common activities in a physician practice including prescribing, dictating, capturing charges, ordering labs and viewing results, providing patient education, documenting clinical encounters and electronic document imaging and scanning, providing a pathway to a paperless patient record.
The company's TouchWorks(TM) software is a modular electronic medical record that enhances physician productivity using Tablet PCs, wireless handheld devices, or desktop workstations to automate the most common physician activities including prescribing, dictating, capturing charges, ordering labs and viewing results, providing patient education, and documenting clinical encounters.
TouchWorks is an electronic medical record and clinical information solution that automates the most common physician activities including prescribing, dictating, capturing charges, ordering labs and viewing results, providing patient education, and documenting clinical encounters and offers electronic document imaging and management solutions, providing a pathway to paperless patient records.
The physicians will have extra time during the day that would otherwise be spent dictating and documenting previous patient encounters.
com, begin dictating within minutes, and have their reports returned within 4 hours of signing up.
With HealthScribe, physicians receive timely, high quality transcribed reports, common on-line access and distribution of clinical data, and the ability to maintain current dictating methods.
In addition, when medical transcriptionists use idigital, they only have to pay for the time the healthcare provider spends dictating information into the toll-free system.
Doctors are accustomed to dictating into handheld devices, so we expect this should increase the acceptance rate.
These must carry requirements go far beyond those applicable to cable in dictating the content of a substantial portion of a satellite carrier's programming menu," said SBCA President Chuck Hewitt.