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noun American English pronunciation: speech /spitʃ/ 
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pluralspeeches
  1. 1
    [countable] a formal occasion when someone speaks to an audience

    He began his speech by outlining his plans for the coming year.

    make/give/deliver a speech:

    The queen made a wonderful speech in reply.

    1. a.
      the words that someone speaks to an audience

      She's responsible for writing the president's political speeches.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the ability to speak

    A stroke can cause paralysis and difficulties with speech.

    the power of speech:

    When she woke up, they realized that she had lost the power of speech.

    1. b.
      [only before noun] concerning speech

      speech development

      a speech disorder/defect

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