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the act, utterance, or discourse of a person who
literary works composed for recitation, as ancient bardic poetry; oral literature.
used in, suited to, or involving speaking or talking:
the speaking voice.
of or relating to declamation.
giving information as if by
a speaking proof of a thing.
a speaking likeness.
not on speaking terms,
not or no longer in a relationship of open, willing, or ready communication, as because of resentment or estrangement:
They had a squabble during the holidays, and now they're not on speaking terms.
on speaking terms,
in a relationship close enough for or limited to friendly superficialities:
I don't know the hosts well, but we are certainly on speaking terms.
in a relationship of open, willing, or ready communication:
Now that the debt has been settled, I hope you and your partner are on speaking terms again.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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British Dictionary definitions for
(of a part in a play) not having any lines to speak
) eloquent, impressive, or striking
able to speak
) able to speak a particular language:
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