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English definition of “speech”

speech

noun  /spitʃ/ us  

speech noun (TALKING)

[U] the ability to talk, or the activity of talking: People who suffer a stroke may experience a loss of speech. [U] Your speech is also your way of talking: His speech became slurred and indistinct. [U] Speech can also mean the language used when talking: Some expressions are used more in speech than in writing.

speech noun (FORMAL TALK)

[C] a formal talk given usually to a large number of people on a special occasion: an acceptance speech I’m nervous about the speech I’m making tomorrow.
(Definition of speech from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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