Definition of speaking
1a : that speaks : capable of speechb : having a population that speaks a specified language —usually used in combination English-speaking countriesc : 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
Recent Examples of speaking from the Web
This would grant it the capacity to form part of the official opposition to the ruling party, to gain additional speaking time in parliament and to hold more sway in powerful government commissions.
Worse, no women were included in that weekend’s meeting between movement leaders and President Kennedy, and none were in the major speaking lineup for the march—not Fannie Lou Hamer, not Diane Nash, not Rosa Parks, not Ella Baker.
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First Known Use of speaking
Legal Definition of speaking
: addressing matters not raised in the pleadings a speaking motion
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