Definition of speech in English:

speech

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Pronunciation: /spiːtʃ
 
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noun

  • 1 [mass noun] The 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.
    Synonyms
    speaking, talking, verbal communication, verbal expression, articulation
  • 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.
    Synonyms
    diction, elocution, manner of speaking, articulation, enunciation, pronunciation; utterance, words, phraseology, talk
    rare orthoepy

Origin

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

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