Definition of speaking in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈspiːkɪŋ/


[mass noun]
1The action of conveying information or expressing one’s feelings in speech: clear thinking aids clear speaking
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  • He demonstrated his impressive intellectual aptitude and capacity for clear speaking, along with some real political savvy.
  • She cleared her throat and tried speaking evenly.
  • Tommy looked at the wall and continued speaking.
1.1The activity of delivering speeches: public speaking
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  • It should be noted, this gentleman was a professor of public speaking.
  • With a degree in business & in public speaking, she was also good with snobby people.
  • Men have a monopoly in public speaking, landowning rights, and religious rituals.


1Used for or engaged in speech: you have a clear speaking voice
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  • I was thinking of people with good speaking voices.
  • Ronald Reagan had a great speaking voice.
  • He provided the speaking voice for main character Jack Skellington in The Nightmare Before Christmas.
1.1 [in combination] Able to communicate in a specified language: an English-speaking guide
1.2Conveying meaning as though in words: she gave him a speaking look
1.3(Of a portrait) so lifelike as to seem to be capable of speech: a speaking likeness



on speaking terms

Polite or friendly towards someone, especially after an argument: Maisie wasn’t on speaking terms with any of her family
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  • The couple wasn't on speaking terms since the argument.
  • Some travelling companions return home barely on speaking terms.
  • A week or so ago you two were barely on speaking terms.

—— speaking

Used to indicate the degree of accuracy intended in a statement or the point of view from which it is made: generally speaking, I got on well with most of the playing staff

speaking of

Used to introduce a remark about a topic recently alluded to: speaking of cost, can I afford to buy it?
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  • And speaking of invisibles planes, where's Wonder Woman's invisible plane?
  • And speaking of images, we're not done with customizing this client.
  • Speaking of riding, I want a word with the Dawn about the horses.

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