1) N-UNCOUNT: oft supp N Speaking is the activity of giving speeches and talks.

It would also train women union members in public speaking and decision-making...

His work schedule still includes speaking engagements and other public appearances.

2) PHR-PREP 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.

Well, speaking as a journalist I'm dismayed by the amount of pressure there is for pictures of combat.

3) PHR-PREP 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.

There's plenty of time to drop hints for Christmas presents! And speaking of presents, we have 100 exclusive fragrance collections to give away.

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4) PHRASE: PHR with cl 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 there was no resistance to the idea...

Politically speaking, do you think that these moves have been effective?

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