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Meaning of “speech” in the English Dictionary

"speech" in British English

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speechnoun

uk   us   /spiːtʃ/
  • speech noun (SAY WORDS)

B1 [U] the ​ability to ​talk, the ​activity of ​talking, or a ​piece of ​spokenlanguage: Children usually ​develop speech in the second ​year of ​life. People who ​suffer a ​stroke may ​experience a ​loss of speech. [U] the way a ​persontalks: His speech was ​slurred and I ​thought he was ​drunk.B1 [U] the ​language used when ​talking: Some ​expressions are used more in speech than in writing. [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?

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  • speech noun (FORMAL TALK)

B2 [C] a ​formaltalk given usually to a ​largenumber of ​people on a ​specialoccasion: I had to give/make a speech at my brother's ​wedding. The Governor of New York delivered a ​rousing speech to the ​nationalconvention. He gave the after-dinner speech (= a ​talk given after a ​formaleveningmeal at which a ​largenumber of ​people are ​present). Did you ​hear her acceptance speech at the Oscars ​ceremony?
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(Definition of speech from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"speech" in American English

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speechnoun

 us   /spitʃ/
  • 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 ​becameslurred 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 ​formaltalk given usually to a ​largenumber of ​people on a ​specialoccasion: 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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