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English definition of “speech”

speech

noun (SAY WORDS)    /spiːtʃ/
B1 [U] the ability to talk , the activity of talking , or a piece of spoken language : Children usually develop speech in the second year of life . People who suffer a stroke may experience a loss of speech.Informal talking and conversation [U] the way a person talks : His speech was slurred and I thought he was drunk .Ways of speaking B1 [U] the language used when talking : Some expressions are used more in speech than in writing.Informal talking and conversation [C] a set of words spoken in a play : Do you know the words to Hamlet's famous speech at the beginning of Act III?Drama and plays Grammar:Speech into writingBoth speech and writing can be formal or informal. Whether language is formal or informal depends on who our readers and listeners are, for what purpose we use the language and the situation in which we use it. For example, an official notice would be written in formal English, whereas the same information would be more commonly written informally by an individual in a less public situation:
(Definition of speech noun (SAY WORDS) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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