Definition of speech in English:

speech

noun

  • 1mass 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’
    • ‘One of the most compelling is the marked improvement of our ability to understand speech if we can observe the speaker's lips moving.’
    • ‘I'd long since lost the ability to understand human speech.’
    • ‘In the rapid-fire flow of conversational speech, words are not fully articulated.’
    • ‘According to the dictionary, collocation is the way words combine in a language to produce natural sounding speech and writing.’
    • ‘Artificially generated speech now sounds more human, and has become more intelligible.’
    • ‘What they needed, I thought, was some way to communicate without speech.’
    • ‘Some scientists suggest that it was a refinement in the vocal tract, allowing a greater range of sounds for speech.’
    • ‘The result is computer-generated speech that sounds more realistic.’
    • ‘They will not improve speech or the ability to swallow, prevent falls, or improve fine motor control.’
    • ‘In sensory or receptive aphasia, there is a problem with comprehension, and affected people produce speech that sounds fluent but is actually nonsensical or full of meaningless jargon.’
    • ‘His open mouth and engaged expression unmistakably indicate speech.’
    • ‘For hearing and understanding, it required neuro-cognitive networks capable of distinguishing the sounds of human speech and decoding them.’
    • ‘This device transmits sound signals directly to the brain, enabling the person to hear certain sounds and speech.’
    • ‘The man's voice was weak, an accent coming through as he lost the ability to control his speech.’
    • ‘They acted in perfect harmony with each other, in speech, facial expression and body language.’
    • ‘His ears twitched at the sound of speech, far away.’
    • ‘Even if one is blessed with the senses of touch, smell, speech and hearing, it is sight that gives shape to imagination.’
    • ‘Their research could have implications for discovering how the developing brain processes sound and speech.’
    • ‘For most patients, their appearance, comfort, speech and ability to chew and enjoy food are vastly improved.’
    • ‘I'm sure I read somewhere that only 20% of communication is speech.’
    speaking, talking, verbal communication, verbal expression, articulation
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    1. 1.1 A person's style of speaking.
      ‘she wouldn't accept his correction of her speech’
      • ‘His accent slurred his speech, and he jumped from register to register as he spoke, as though speaking in sing-song.’
      • ‘Linguists such as Robin Lakoff have long recognized the existence of these typically male and female styles of speech.’
      • ‘His style of speech owed more to the old-style BBC accent than to either Scotland or Ulster.’
      • ‘I was awed by his articulate speech and ability to charm.’
      • ‘The voice contained characteristics similar to his style of speech, particularly his typically slow and drawn out pronunciation.’
      • ‘The mother said, her accent giving her speech a melodious tone.’
      • ‘She had an excellent ear for accents and individual styles of speech, but otherwise did not alter her voice drastically.’
      • ‘The people here are darker and more heavily built and have a different lilt to their speech.’
      • ‘Jamaicans adapt their speech to the social context of the moment.’
      • ‘Since the 16th c, the term has been used in English for styles of speech that mark people off from each other, principally by region.’
      • ‘The Japanese language includes sharply divergent styles of speech for men and women.’
      • ‘His soothing, mannered style of speech and genuine affection for his film kept my attention throughout the duration of the commentary.’
      • ‘From specific costuming decisions to styles of speech, each character gives us an impression of how a subset of American culture may have acted or behaved at the time.’
      • ‘His vocabulary and manner of speech sounded as though it belonged to a British nobleman, but his voice was that of a typical New York male of his age.’
      • ‘Each has an idiosyncratic style of dress and speech.’
      • ‘Ivy winced and tried to tone her speech down to that of a layman.’
      • ‘Frequently, the tone of their speech is flat and unexpressive.’
      • ‘Television's Mr. Rogers is a good example of this style of speech.’
      • ‘The dialog might be poorly written, but it helps distinguish characters simply by the tone or style of their speech.’
      • ‘Her speech was also slow and hesitant.’
      diction, elocution, manner of speaking, articulation, enunciation, pronunciation
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  • 2A formal address or discourse delivered to an audience.

    ‘he gave a speech about the company’
    • ‘Formal speeches were delivered at the main gate but were drowned out by a low flying army helicopter.’
    • ‘Once in a while, I will have to make a speech to the nation.’
    • ‘Delegates then applauded his work and the help he gave our region after his speech.’
    • ‘Finally finishing her speech she uttered a few last words.’
    • ‘He loved listening to her when she made long speeches, or delivered lectures.’
    • ‘I gave a speech to the nation that was cleared by the intelligence services.’
    • ‘The VIP guests and the public will then meet in the Atlantic hotel, Enniscrone for formal speeches and refreshments.’
    • ‘Before that, President Bush will deliver two more speeches in his drive to try to regain public confidence about progress in that troubled country.’
    • ‘But his tendency towards dull speeches, opaque language and meandering responses to questions almost undid him.’
    • ‘In effect he has been giving daytime speeches with tiny audiences.’
    • ‘I think the whole region is awaiting the speech of the president.’
    • ‘Breaking with tradition, the graduates conducted the ceremony in English and translated speeches into their native language for the audience.’
    • ‘There had been speeches, entertainers, music and dancing.’
    • ‘In August 2001 he addressed the issue in one of the most morally serious speeches ever delivered by a U.S. President.’
    • ‘Clement delivered the best speeches and he shone in debates.’
    • ‘At 81, he can get the full attention of an audience while delivering a speech or singing a song..’
    • ‘Formal and lengthy speeches accompany the presentation of a whale's tooth.’
    • ‘Former president, now private citizen, Bill Clinton, giving his farewell speech to the nation Thursday night.’
    • ‘He stepped into the clearing and began to give a speech in another language.’
    • ‘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.’
    talk, address, lecture, discourse, oration, disquisition, peroration, declamation, deliverance, presentation
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    1. 2.1 A sequence of lines written for one character in a play.
      ‘Antony's speech over Caesar's body’
      • ‘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.’
      words, role, part, script, dialogue
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

speech

/spiːtʃ/