[ US /ˈspitʃ/ ]
[ UK /spˈiːt‍ʃ/ ]
  1. the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience
    he listened to an address on minor Roman poets
  2. the exchange of spoken words
    they were perfectly comfortable together without speech
  3. the mental faculty or power of vocal communication
    language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals
  4. (language) communication by word of mouth
    he recorded the spoken language of the streets
    he uttered harsh language
    his speech was garbled
  5. words making up the dialogue of a play
    the actor forgot his speech
  6. your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally
    I detected a slight accent in his speech
    her speech was barren of southernisms
    his manner of speaking was quite abrupt
  7. something spoken
    he could hear them uttering merry speeches
  8. a lengthy rebuke
    a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline
    the teacher gave him a talking to
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How To Use speech In A Sentence

  • The speech was brimming with ideas for rewarding work and reducing dependency. Times, Sunday Times
  • In her acceptance speech, the winner thanked the almighty and promised to do even better at the all-India level.
  • I've noticed a lot of people larding their speech with that phrase lately.
  • On Tuesday, guard Jaymes Brooks was discussing how Smith has become the player who "fusses at us a lot, tries to get our spirits up, tries to tell us not to get our heads down in certain situations" when he also alluded to a speech Smith gave at halftime of that East Carolina game. Did Andre Smith save the Hokies' season?
  • We sat in aw as we listened to Hillary's speech and wondered aloud what she's up too. POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, June 2, 2008
  • It was also a noteworthy echo of a speech Sarkozy himself made last December, when he called for a "positive laicity" and suggested that the state could ultimately grant subsidies to religious groups. The Earth Times Online Newspaper
  • In the strict sense overfine speeches are yet almost everywhere. Robert Louis Stevenson: a record, an estimate, and a memorial
  • The warnings that permeate Polonius's speeches derive from his misperception of controlling his daughter's sexuality.
  • Alex was almost speechless with rage and despair.
  • It was not a spine-tingling speech, the delivery was rather wooden. Times, Sunday Times
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