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Definition 1: the mental faculty or power of vocal communication - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where speech or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals

Synonyms for speech in the sense of this definition

(speech is a kind of ...) one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind

(speech is a part of ...) all of the words in a language; all word forms having meaning or grammatical function

(speech is a part of ...) a language user's knowledge of words

(speech is the domain which ... is member of) convert into a verb

"many English nouns have become verbalized"

Definition 2: (language) communication by word of mouth - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where speech or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his speech was garbled
  • he uttered harsh language
  • he recorded the spoken language of the streets

Synonyms for speech in the sense of this definition

(speech is a kind of ...) communication that relies on hearing

(... is a kind of speech ) speech you make to yourself

(... is a kind of speech ) speech intended for reproduction in writing

(... is a kind of speech ) a verbal formula believed to have magical force

"he whispered a spell as he moved his hands" "inscribed around its base is a charm in Balinese"

(... is a kind of speech ) a long utterance by one person (especially one that prevents others from participating in the conversation)

(... is a kind of speech ) the language or speech of one individual at a particular period in life

(... is a kind of speech ) speech that differs from the usual accepted, easily recognizable speech of native adult members of a speech community

(... is a kind of speech ) a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations

"pardon the expression"

(... is a kind of speech ) an exchange of views on some topic

"we had a good discussion" "we had a word or two about it"

(... is a kind of speech ) the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas or information etc.

(... is a kind of speech ) the way a word or a language is customarily spoken

"the pronunciation of Chinese is difficult for foreigners" "that is the correct pronunciation"

(... is a kind of speech ) the words that are spoken

"I listened to his words very closely"

(speech belongs to category ...) a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols

"he taught foreign languages" "the language introduced is standard throughout the text" "the speed with which a program can be executed depends on the language in which it is written"

Definition 3: the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where speech or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he listened to an address on minor Roman poets

Synonyms for speech in the sense of this definition

(speech is a kind of ...) the use of language to perform some act

(... is a kind of speech ) an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)

(... is a kind of speech ) an address delivered at an inaugural ceremony (especially by a United States president)

(... is a kind of speech ) an extemporaneous speech or remark

"a witty impromptu must not sound premeditated"

(... is a kind of speech ) any long and tedious address or recital

"the patient recited a litany of complaints" "a litany of failures"

(... is a kind of speech ) a wildly enthusiastic speech or piece of writing

(... is a kind of speech ) an address to an academic meeting or seminar

(... is a kind of speech ) (rhetoric) a formal or authoritative address that advises or exhorts

(... is a kind of speech ) addressing an audience formally (usually a long and rhetorical address and often pompous)

"he loved the sound of his own oratory"

(... is a kind of speech ) delivering an address to a public audience

"people came to see the candidates and hear the speechmaking"

(... is a kind of speech ) a speech that is open to the public

"he attended a lecture on telecommunications"

(... is an instance of speech) a three-minute address by Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War at the dedication of a national cemetery on the site of the Battle of Gettysburg (November 19, 1863)

(speech is a part of ...) the last section of a communication

"in conclusion I want to say..."

(speech is a part of ...) the first section of a communication

(speech is a part of ...) the central message of a communication

"the body of the message was short"

Definition 4: words making up the dialogue of a play - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where speech or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the actor forgot his speech

Synonyms for speech in the sense of this definition

(speech is a kind of ...) text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen

"the letter consisted of three short lines" "there are six lines in every stanza"

(... is a kind of speech ) a line spoken by an actor to the audience but not intended for others on the stage

(... is a kind of speech ) an actor's line that immediately precedes and serves as a reminder for some action or speech

(... is a kind of speech ) a (usually long) dramatic speech by a single actor

(... is a kind of speech ) a (usually long) dramatic speech intended to give the illusion of unspoken reflections

(... is a kind of speech ) words spoken in a casual way with conscious under-emphasis

(... is part of speech) the lines spoken by characters in drama or fiction

Definition 5: a lengthy rebuke - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where speech or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline
  • the teacher gave him a talking to

Synonyms for speech in the sense of this definition

(speech is a kind of ...) an act or expression of criticism and censure

"he had to take the rebuke with a smile on his face"

(... is a kind of speech ) a moralistic rebuke

"your preaching is wasted on him"

(... is a kind of speech ) a private lecture to a husband by his wife

Definition 6: the exchange of spoken words - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where speech or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they were perfectly comfortable together without speech

(speech is a kind of ...) the utterance of intelligible speech

Definition 7: your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where speech or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his manner of speaking was quite abrupt
  • her speech was barren of southernisms
  • I detected a slight accent in his speech

Synonyms for speech in the sense of this definition

(speech is a kind of ...) a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period

"all the reporters were expected to adopt the style of the newspaper"

(... is a kind of speech ) the patterns of stress and intonation in a language

(... is a kind of speech ) an expert manner of speaking involving control of voice and gesture

(... is a kind of speech ) the quality of a person's voice

"he began in a conversational tone" "he spoke in a nervous tone of voice"

(... is a kind of speech ) a manner of speaking that is distinctive of a particular group of people

(... is a kind of speech ) a manner of speaking

"he spoke with a thick tongue" "she has a glib tongue"

(... is a kind of speech ) a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)

(... is a kind of speech ) the manner of speaking to another individual

"he failed in his manner of address to the captain"

(... is a kind of speech ) a manner of speaking in which the loudness or pitch or tone of the voice is modified

(... is part of speech) the use of manner of speaking to communicate particular meanings

Definition 8: something spoken - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where speech or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he could hear them uttering merry speeches

(speech is a kind of ...) the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication

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