Definition of speech in English:


Line breaks: speech
Pronunciation: /spiːtʃ


  • 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.
    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.
    diction, elocution, manner of speaking, articulation, enunciation, pronunciation; utterance, words, phraseology, talk
    rare orthoepy


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

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