the faculty or power of speaking; oral communication; ability to express one’s thoughts and emotions by speech sounds and gesture:
Losing her speech made her feel isolated from humanity.
the act of speaking:
He expresses himself better in speech than in writing.
something that is spoken; an utterance, remark, or declaration:
We waited for some speech that would indicate her true feelings.
a form of communication in spoken language, made by a speaker before an audience for a given purpose:
a fiery speech.
any single utterance of an actor in the course of a play, motion picture, etc.
the form of utterance characteristic of a particular people or region; a language or dialect.
manner of speaking, as of a person:
Your slovenly speech is holding back your career.
a field of study devoted to the theory and practice of oral communication.
Archaic. rumor.

the act or faculty of speaking, esp as possessed by persons: to have speech with somebody
(as modifier): speech therapy

that which is spoken; utterance
a talk or address delivered to an audience
a person’s characteristic manner of speaking
a national or regional language or dialect
(linguistics) another word for parole (sense 5)

speech (spēch)

The faculty or act of expressing thoughts, feelings, or perceptions by the articulation of words.

Vocal communication; conversation.


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