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.     
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
attempting to view the GOD(s) machine, speaking your mind truthfully, giving your opinion mindfully, having thought you were someone and not a person.
Used by a Paramedic lobby for speaking of Prehospital Emregency Medecine
. The art of public speaking in which gesture, vocal production, and delivery are emphasized.
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.
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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