Meaning of REPORTED SPEECH in English

REPORTED SPEECH

(also ˌindirect ˈspeech ) noun

[ U ] ( grammar ) a report of what sb has said that does not use their exact words :

In reported speech, 'I'll come later' becomes 'He said he'd come later'.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.