Meaning of “direct speech” in the English Dictionary

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"direct speech" in British English

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direct speechnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌdaɪ.rekt ˈspiːtʃ/ us /ˌdaɪ.rekt ˈspiːtʃ/ specialized US also direct discourse

When you use direct speech, you repeat what someone has said using exactly the words they used:

She said, "If it rains, I won't go out." is an example of the use of direct speech.


(Definition of “direct speech” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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