speak of

phrasal verb

spoke of; spoken of; speaking of; speaks of
1
: to talk or write about (someone or something) : to mention (a subject) in speech or writing
Speaking of Jill, where is she?
It was the first time she spoke of going to law school.
She never speaks of her suffering during the war.
In the letter, he spoke of feeling ill.
2
: to indicate or suggest (something)
His diaries speak of a troubled mind.
3
: to talk about (someone or something) in a specified way
He spoke well/highly/favorably of both job candidates.
4
chiefly US : to show that (someone or something) does or does not deserve to be praised, admired, etc.
The continued success of the business speaks well of their judgment.
Her bad behavior speaks poorly of her upbringing.

Examples of speak of in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the study, women spoke of partners choking them without having obtained consent ahead of time, a flouting of essential, first-priority kink practices. R. O. Kwon, TIME, 17 May 2024 For Una cannot openly speak of her love for Diddi (Baldur Einarsson). Guy Lodge, Variety, 15 May 2024 Before speaking of her friendship with Peck, the Oscar winner took a shot at former Vice President Mike Pence, who has been accused of, at one point, supporting gay conversion therapy. Kevin Dolak, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 May 2024 Historic companies like Patek Philippe still refer to gilded dials, while younger brands—or those surfing the trend—tend to speak of salmon dials. Allen Farmelo, Robb Report, 13 May 2024 And speaking of beauty, these days, Day is most into her Pooka body butters and EltaMD sunscreen; emphasizing the importance of protecting your skin daily. Akili King, Essence, 10 May 2024 The modest slog means the beach is usually quiet, though there are no organized facilities to speak of, beyond a portaloo back in the car park. Jo Rodgers, Vogue, 3 May 2024 While Patek Philippe speaks of its diversity of collections, perhaps Audemars Piguet—with its one big hero watch—is working toward an entirely different kind of diversity. Allen Farmelo, Robb Report, 3 May 2024 At a masterclass on Thursday morning, Zhang spoke of his filmmaking techniques and priorities, his enduring quest for the human touch and why not all films need to be masterpieces. Patrick Frater, Variety, 2 May 2024

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“Speak of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speak%20of. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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