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English definition of “speech”

speech

noun
 
 
/spiːtʃ/
SAY WORDS [U] 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.Informal talking and conversationPhonology and phonetics
PUBLIC TALK [C] B2 a formal talk that someone gives to a group of people: I had to make a speech at my brother's wedding.Lecturing and addressing
free speech/freedom of speech the right to say or write what you want → See also figure of speech, reported speechHuman rightsDebate and discussion
(Definition of speech from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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