speak for

phrasal verb

spoke for; spoken for; speaking for; speaks for
: to express the thoughts or opinions of (someone)
They chose him to speak for the group.
Speaking only for myself, I'm against the plan.
"We don't want any dessert." "Speak for yourself. I want some."
often used figuratively
I don't need to say more. The facts speak for themselves.

Examples of speak for in a Sentence

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“Speak for.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speak%20for. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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