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Syllabification: speech
Pronunciation: /spēCH

Definition of speech in English:


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.
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.
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: related to Dutch spraak, German Sprache, also to speak.

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