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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.
      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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