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English adjective: speaking

1. speaking capable of or involving speech or speaking

SamplesHuman beings--the speaking animals.
A speaking part in the play.


Antonymsnonspeaking, walk-on

English noun: speaking

1. speaking (communication) the utterance of intelligible speech

Synonymsspeech production

Broader (hypernym)utterance, vocalization

Narrower (hyponym)speech, susurration, voicelessness, whisper, whispering

2. speaking (communication) delivering an address to a public audience

SamplesPeople came to see the candidates and hear the speechmaking.

Synonymsoral presentation, public speaking, speechmaking

Broader (hypernym)address, speech

Narrower (hyponym)debate, disputation, public debate, reading, recital, recitation

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