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  1. [noun] the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience; "he listened to an address on minor Roman poets"
    Synonyms: address

  2. [noun] (language) communication by word of mouth; "his speech was garbled"; "he uttered harsh language"; "he recorded the spoken language of the streets"
    Synonyms: communication, spoken communication, spoken language, language, voice communication, oral communication

  3. [noun] something spoken; "he could hear them uttering merry speeches"

  4. [noun] the exchange of spoken words; "they were perfectly comfortable together without speech"

  5. [noun] your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally; "his manner of speaking was quite abrupt"; "her speech was barren of southernisms"; "I detected a slight accent in his speech"
    Synonyms: manner of speaking, delivery

  6. [noun] a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"
    Synonyms: lecture, talking to

  7. [noun] words making up the dialogue of a play; "the actor forgot his speech"
    Synonyms: actor's line, words

  8. [noun] the mental faculty or power of vocal communication; "language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals"
    Synonyms: language


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