from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An act that is performed by making an utterance, as the issuing of a warning, the making of a promise, or the giving of a greeting.

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  • noun linguistics An act carried out by speech, such as promising, ordering, greeting, warning, inviting and congratulating.

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  • noun the use of language to perform some act


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