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speaking

Speaking is what we do when we talk to each other, either out loud or through sign language. Many classrooms have a rule that speaking is not allowed during quizzes and exams.

In addition to the speaking we do to communicate feelings and ideas, there's also public speaking, when someone gives a speech in front of an audience. And if you're not on speaking terms with someone, it means that you're so angry with each other that you don't talk anymore.

Definitions of speaking
  1. adjective
    capable of or involving speech or speaking
    “human beings--the speaking animals”
    “a speaking part in the play”
    Synonyms:
    tongued
    having a manner of speaking as specified; often used in combination
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    Antonyms:
    nonspeaking, walk-on
    not capable of or especially not involving speech or spoken lines
  2. noun
    the utterance of intelligible speech
    synonyms: speech production
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    types:
    speech
    the exchange of spoken words
    susurration, voicelessness, whisper, whispering
    speaking softly without vibration of the vocal cords
    stage whisper
    a loud whisper that can be overheard; on the stage it is heard by the audience but it supposed to be inaudible to the rest of the cast
    type of:
    utterance, vocalization
    the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication
  3. noun
    delivering an address to a public audience
    synonyms: oral presentation, public speaking, speechmaking
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    types:
    reading, recital, recitation
    a public instance of reciting or repeating (from memory) something prepared in advance
    debate, disputation, public debate
    the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote)
    declamation
    recitation of a speech from memory with studied gestures and intonation as an exercise in elocution or rhetoric
    type of:
    address, speech
    the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience
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