speaking

adjective speak·ing \ ˈspē-kiŋ \

Definition of speaking

1 a : that speaks : capable of speech
b : having a population that speaks a specified language usually used in combination
  • English-speaking countries
c : that involves talking or giving speeches
  • a speaking role
  • a speaking tour
2 : highly significant or expressive : eloquent
3 : resembling a living being or a real object

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First Known Use of speaking

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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speaking

adjective speak·ing

legal Definition of speaking

: addressing matters not raised in the pleadings
  • a speaking motion


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