Speech - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |spiːtʃ|  American pronunciation of the word speech
Brit.  |spiːtʃ|  British pronunciation of the word speech


- the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience (syn: address)
- (language) communication by word of mouth(syn: language)
- something spoken
- the exchange of spoken words
- your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally(syn: delivery)
- a lengthy rebuke (syn: lecture)
- words making up the dialogue of a play(syn: words)
- the mental faculty or power of vocal communication (syn: language)


She has to make a speech at the convention.

a graduation speech about embracing future challenges

I was so flustered that I momentarily lost the power of speech.

Slang is used mostly in informal speech.

Many words are more common in speech than in writing.

I lost my power of speech.

His speech was broadcast on national radio.

He is foreigner by his speech.

Each child had to give a short speech to the rest of the class.

Collins gave the keynote speech (=most important speech).

Only humans are capable of speech.

In speech we use a smaller vocabulary than in writing.

Bob's speech was slurred, and he sounded drunk.

he could hear them uttering merry speeches

they were perfectly comfortable together without speech

Word forms

singular: speech
plural: speeches
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