Meaning of REPORTED SPEECH in English


I. ˌindirect ˈspeech BrE AmE British English , indirect discourse American English ( also reported speech ) noun [uncountable] 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’ is indirect speech. Her actual words were ‘I don’t want to go’. ⇨ direct speech

II. reˌported ˈspeech BrE AmE noun [uncountable] technical

in grammar, words that are used to tell what someone says without repeating their actual words. ‘She said she didn’t feel well’ is an example of reported speech SYN indirect speech OPP direct speech

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.