speaking skill meaning, speaking skill definition | English Cobuild dictionary



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   (=talking of)  
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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Used by a Paramedic lobby for speaking of Prehospital Emregency Medecine
1) a boat or ship or such vessels collectively 2) skill in handling boats or in water sports
expression meaning that several or all members of a family have something in common (a skill, a feature, a path or a behavior)
E.g.: He became an actor too. It runs in the family.
1. the art of public speaking in which gesture, vocal production, and delivery are emphasized 2.the study of formal speaking in pronunciation, grammar, style, and tone.
with advanced skills in the use of computers
a person, generally a man, dedicated to improving his skills in attracting and seducing the other sex
Other spelling : Pickup artist The use of "pick up" in this context comes from American slang and means becoming acquainted with, esp. with a view to having sexual relations


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