1 n-uncount Speaking is the activity of giving speeches and talks.
oft supp N
His work schedule still includes speaking engagements and other public appearances.
2 You can say `speaking as a parent' or `speaking as a teacher', for example, to indicate that the opinion you are giving is based on your experience as a parent or as a teacher.
speaking as sth prep-phrase
Well, speaking as a journalist I'm dismayed by the amount of pressure there is for pictures of combat.
3 You can say speaking of something that has just been mentioned as a way of introducing a new topic which has some connection with that thing.
speaking of sth prep-phrase
There's plenty of time to drop hints for Christmas presents! And speaking of presents, we have 100 exclusive fragrance collections to give away.
4 You use speaking in expressions such as generally speaking and technically speaking to indicate which things or which particular aspect of something you are talking about.
generally speaking/roughly speaking/etc phrase PHR with cl Generally speaking there was no resistance to the idea..., Politically speaking, do you think that these moves have been effective?
-speaking combines with nouns referring to languages to form adjectives which indicate what language someone speaks, or what language is spoken in a particular region. comb in adj ADJ n
Lessons with English-speaking instructors can be booked and paid for in the resort., ...in the mainly French-speaking province of Quebec.
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