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Definition of 'speech'


  1. the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience; "he listened to an address on minor Roman poets"
       Synonyms: address
  2. (language) communication by word of mouth; "his speech was garbled"; "he uttered harsh language"; "he recorded the spoken language of the streets"
       Synonyms: speech communication spoken communication spoken language language voice communication oral communication
  3. something spoken; "he could hear them uttering merry speeches"
  4. the exchange of spoken words; "they were perfectly comfortable together without speech"
  5. your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally; "his manner of speaking was quite abrupt"; "her speech was barren of southernisms"; "I detected a slight accent in his speech"
       Synonyms: manner of speaking delivery
  6. a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"
       Synonyms: lecture talking to
  7. words making up the dialogue of a play; "the actor forgot his speech"
       Synonyms: actor's line words
  8. the mental faculty or power of vocal communication; "language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals"
       Synonyms: language

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