- 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 speechMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1A person’s style of speaking: she wouldn’t accept his correction of her speechMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2A formal address or discourse delivered to an audience: he gave a speech about the companyMore example sentences
talk, address, lecture, discourse, oration, disquisition, peroration, declamation, deliverance, presentation; valedictory; sermon, homily; harangue, diatribe, tirade, rant; monologue, soliloquy, recitation; effusion, outpouring; North American salutatory• informal spiel
- 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: Antony’s speech over Caesar’s bodyMore example sentences
- 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, of West Germanic origin: related to Dutch spraak, German Sprache, also to speak.