spack

verb

dialectal British past tense 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 deathSy Kahn
b
: to use such an expression
often used in the phrase so to speak
was at the enemy's gates, so to speakC. 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 emotionsA. 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 spokeGeorge Meredith
6
a
b
: to be indicative or suggestive
his gold … spoke of riches in the landJulian 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 entry 3
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

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“Spack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spack. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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