speak


speak

verb \ˈspēk\

: to say words in order to express your thoughts, feelings, opinions, etc., to someone : to talk to someone

: to talk about a particular subject or person

: to say words to express yourself in a particular way

spoke \ˈspōk\ spo·ken \ˈspō-kən\ speak·ing

Full Definition of SPEAK

intransitive verb
1
a :  to utter words or articulate sounds with the ordinary voice :  talk
b (1) :  to express thoughts, opinions, or feelings orally
(2) :  to extend a greeting (3) :  to be friendly enough to engage in conversation <still were not speaking after the dispute>
c (1) :  to express oneself before a group
(2) :  to address one's remarks <speak to the issue>
2
a :  to make a written statement <his diaries…spoke…of his entrancement with death — Sy Kahn>
b :  to use such an expression —often used in the phrase so to speak <was at the enemy's gates, so to speak — C. S. Forester>
c :  to serve as spokesperson
3
a :  to express feelings by other than verbal means <actions speak louder than words>
b :  signal
c :  to be interesting or attractive :  appeal <great music…speaks directly to the emotions — A. N. Whitehead>
4
:  to make a request or claim —used with for —usually used in passive constructions <the seat was already spoken for>
5
:  to make a characteristic or natural sound <all at once the thunder spoke — George Meredith>
6
a :  testify
b :  to be indicative or suggestive <his gold…spoke of riches in the land — Julian Dana>
transitive verb
1
a (1) :  to utter with the speaking voice :  pronounce (2) :  to give a recitation of :  declaim
b :  to express orally :  declare <free to speak their minds>
c :  address, accost; especially :  hail
2
:  to make known in writing :  state
3
:  to use or be able to use in speaking <speaks Spanish>
4
:  to indicate by other than verbal means
5
archaic :  describe, depict
speak·able \ˈspē-kə-bəl\ adjective
to speak of
:  worthy of mention or notice —usually used in negative constructions <no progress to speak of>

Examples of SPEAK

  1. Have you two spoken since yesterday?
  2. She and I spoke this morning.
  3. He never speaks at the meetings.
  4. Without speaking, she walked from the room.
  5. They were speaking in Japanese.
  6. When I said you were my best friend, I was speaking sincerely.
  7. She must be speaking the truth.
  8. Not a word was spoken between them the whole time.
  9. He has laryngitis and can't speak.
  10. She speaks with a Southern accent.

Origin of SPEAK

Middle English speken, from Old English sprecan, specan; akin to Old High German sprehhan to speak, Greek spharageisthai to crackle
First Known Use: before 12th century

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