HyperDic: speech_act

English > 1 sense of the expression speech act:
NOUNcommunicationspeech actthe use of language to perform some act
English > speech act: 1 sense > noun 1, communication
MeaningThe use of language to perform some act.
Narroweraddress, speechThe act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience
affirmation, assertion, statementThe act of affirming / affirming or asserting or stating something
agreementThe verbal / verbal / verbal act of agreeing / agreeing / agreeing
boast, boasting, self-praise, jactitationspeaking of yourself in superlatives
challengeA call to engage in a contest / contest or fight
citation(law) the act of citing / citing (as of spoken words or written passages or legal precedents etc.)
command, bid, bidding, dictationAn authoritative direction or instruction to do something
congratulation, felicitationThe act of acknowledging that someone has an occasion for celebration
denialThe act of refusing / refusing to comply (as with a request)
denunciation, denouncementA public act of denouncing
descriptionThe act of describing something
disagreementThe speech act of disagreeing or arguing or disputing
disclosure, revelation, revealingThe speech act of making something evident / evident
explanationThe act of explaining
informing, making knownA speech act that conveys information
namingThe verbal / verbal / verbal act of naming
objectionThe speech act of objecting
offer, offeringThe verbal / verbal / verbal act of offering
promiseA verbal / verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future
proposal, propositionThe act of making a proposal
rejectionThe speech act of rejecting
reply, responseThe speech act of continuing a conversational exchange
request, askingThe verbal / verbal / verbal act of requesting / requesting / requesting
resignationThe act of giving up (a claim or office or possession etc.)
slanderwords falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
Broaderact, deed, human action, human activitySomething that people do or cause to happen
Spanishacto de habla
Catalanacte de parla

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