- /ɪndəˌrɛkt ˈspitʃ/ (say induh.rekt 'speech)
the speech or writing of another not quoted verbatim, but modified as to person, tense, etc., so that the hearer or reader is aware that the statements made are at second hand; reported speech.
Compare direct speech.
Australian English dictionary. 2014.
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indirect speech — noun A person s words reported with adjustment of the necessary person and time, as in He said he was leaving • • • Main Entry: ↑indirect * * * ˌindirect ˈspeech [indirect speech] noun u … Useful english dictionary
indirect speech — BrE indirect discourse AmE also reported speech n [U] technical a way of reporting what someone said without repeating their exact words. For example, in the sentence Julia said that she didn t want to go , the clause that she didn t want to go… … Dictionary of contemporary English
indirect speech — noun uncount BRITISH LINGUISTICS INDIRECT DISCOURSE … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
indirect speech — see reported speech … Modern English usage
indirect speech — N UNCOUNT Indirect speech is speech which tells you what someone said, but does not use the person s actual words: for example, They said you didn t like it , I asked him what his plans were , and Citizens complained about the smoke . [mainly… … English dictionary
indirect speech — BrE indirect discourse AmE noun (U) technical the style used to report what someone said without repeating their actual words. For example, in the sentence Julia said that she didn t want to go , the clause that she didn t want to go is indirect… … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
indirect speech — speech that is not straight to the point, speech that is not forthright … English contemporary dictionary
indirect speech — in′direct speech′ n. gram. the reporting of what a speaker said consisting not of the speaker s exact words but of a version transformed for grammatical inclusion in a larger sentence, as in She said she wasn t going Compare direct speech … From formal English to slang
indirect speech — noun reported speech … Wiktionary
indirect speech — noun another term for reported speech … English new terms dictionary