Definition of speech in English:


Syllabification: speech
Pronunciation: /spēCH


  • 1The expression of or the ability to express thoughts and feelings by articulate sounds: he was born deaf and without the power of speech
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    • I'd long since lost the ability to understand human speech.
    • Their research could have implications for discovering how the developing brain processes sound and speech.
    • One of the most compelling is the marked improvement of our ability to understand speech if we can observe the speaker's lips moving.
    speaking, talking, verbal expression, verbal communication
  • 1.1A person’s style of speaking: she wouldn’t accept his correction of her speech
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    • Each has an idiosyncratic style of dress and speech.
    • She had an excellent ear for accents and individual styles of speech, but otherwise did not alter her voice drastically.
    • His soothing, mannered style of speech and genuine affection for his film kept my attention throughout the duration of the commentary.
  • 1.2The language of a nation, region, or group: the distinctive rhythms of their speech
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    • Often they alone preserved the colloquial speech, the real language of everyday use.
    language, tongue, parlance, idiom, dialect, vernacular, patois
    informal lingo, patter, -speak, -ese
  • 2A formal address or discourse delivered to an audience: the headmistress made a speech about how much they would miss her
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    • The manner in which he conducted branch meetings or indeed his professionalism in his delivery of addresses and speeches at formal functions would be sadly missed.
    • Formal speeches were delivered at the main gate but were drowned out by a low flying army helicopter.
    • At 81, he can get the full attention of an audience while delivering a speech or singing a song..
  • 2.1A sequence of lines written for one character in a play.
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    • Other cassettes sport Agatha Christie tales and one cassette in particular is all about the great speeches by famous characters in various Shakespearean plays.
    • And then in the middle of my long speech I forgot my lines.


Old English sprǣc, sprēc, later spēc: related to Dutch spraak, German Sprache, also to speak.

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