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noun speech pronunciation in American English /spitʃ/
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  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.
    2. b.
      a part of a play when a particular character speaks for a long time

      the king’s dying speech

    3. c.
      often humorous an occasion when someone talks for a long time about something that they think is important. This word is often used for making someone feel silly for saying something

      That was quite a little speech you made.

  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.



a title used before a man or woman's name as a gender-neutral alternative to Mr, Ms, etc

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another way of saying congratulations, or that something/someone looks nice or fascinating

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