Definition of reported speech noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


reported speech

BrE BrE//rɪˌpɔːtɪd ˈspiːtʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˌpɔːrtɪd ˈspiːtʃ//
(also indirect speech) [uncountable] (grammar)
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a report of what somebody has said that does not use their exact words In reported speech, ‘I'll come later’ becomes ‘He said he'd come later’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: reported speech