Meaning of “speech” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun us uk /spiːtʃ/
Extra Examples
The article discusses different types of speech defect.Hearing the speech of others is a good way to learn the language.She is studying children's speech development.Lip reading enables her to understand the speech of another without hearing the words.The phonetic alphabet represents speech sounds symbolically.

B1 someone's ability to talk, or an example of someone talking:

His speech was very slow and difficult to understand.
These changes can be seen in both speech and writing.

B2 a formal talk that someone gives to a group of people:

I had to make a speech at my brother's wedding.
free speech/freedom of speech

the right to say or write what you want

→ See also figure of speech , reported speech

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