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English definition of “reported speech”

reported speech

noun [U]  /rɪˈpɔr·tɪd ˈspitʃ, -ˈpoʊrt/ (also indirect speech) us  
English a description of what someone has said without using the exact words used: The sentence "He told me that he would like to go" is an example of reported speech.
(Definition of reported speech from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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