1 speaking

She could tell by his slurred speech that he had been drinking.

connected, continuous, fluent
natural, normal, ordinary
indirect, reported

The demonstrators were demanding free speech.

hate, hateful (esp. AmE)

racist hate speech

conversational, everyday
children's, human, etc.
pattern, style

He learned to successfully mimic American speech patterns.

defect (esp. BrE), impairment, impediment
therapist, therapy
community (technical)

The members of a speech community share many cultural attitudes.


These computers are capable of speech recognition.

code (esp. AmE)

Speech codes have been instituted by some universities (= to stop language that is sexist, racist, etc.).

act (technical)
marks (esp. BrE)

The author's punctuation goes outside speech marks.

in speech

the use of language in everyday speech

Certain grammatical rules must be followed when describing a conversation in reported speech.

a figure of speech

When we say we're ‘dead tired’, it's just a figure of speech.

freedom of speech

the right of/to freedom of speech

the power of speech

He temporarily lost the power of speech after the accident.

2 formal talk
brief, little, short
interminable, long, long-winded, rambling
keynote, major
eloquent, excellent, good
emotional, impassioned, rousing, stirring
campaign, conference (esp. BrE), convention (esp. AmE), floor (AmE), stump (AmE)

a Senate floor speech

The candidates gave their standard stump speeches.

Budget (BrE), inaugural, policy, State of the Union (AmE)

George Washington's inaugural speech

the Chancellor's Budget speech

a foreign policy speech delivered by the president

President Bush delivered his 2004 State of the Union speech.

acceptance, concession (AmE), farewell, resignation (esp. BrE), victory

The prizewinner gave an emotional acceptance speech.

maiden (esp. BrE)

her maiden speech in the House of Commons

commencement (AmE), opening

He delivered the commencement speech at Notre Dame University.

closing (esp. BrE)
after-dinner (esp. BrE)
deliver, give, make, read

The President will deliver a major foreign-policy speech to the United Nations.


His speech was broadcast on national radio.

writer (usually speech-writer)

the Prime Minister's speech-writers

in a/the speech
speech about, speech on

She gave a speech on the economy.

She made a stirring campaign speech on improving the lot of the unemployed.

speech to

He delivered his final speech to Congress.

In her speech to the House of Commons, she outlined her vision of Britain in the 21st century.

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