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: an event in which people publicly share their experiences of or views on an issue

speak out

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spoke out; spoken out; speaking out; speaks out

intransitive verb

: to speak loud enough to be heard
: to speak boldly : express an opinion frankly
spoke out on the issues

Examples of speak-out in a Sentence

Verb it's a free country, so anyone can speak out
Recent Examples on the Web
Other Parkland parents spoke out about school safety and gun control, ran for school board seats, spearheaded lawsuits and set up foundations to honor their slain children. Amy Qin, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2024 On Friday, several people spoke out against the placement, including county Supervisor Joel Anderson, who asked Gill to postpone releasing James, while the supervisor and the District Attorney’s Office iron out plans for another residence. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Feb. 2024 After the incident, Mike spoke out to PEOPLE in a statement. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 9 Feb. 2024 The women spoke out in a recent New York Times report. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 9 Feb. 2024 But who would not self-censor if this is to be the result of speaking out? The Editors, National Review, 9 Feb. 2024 Last fall, as the number of border arrests began to climb, the likes of Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Eric Adams spoke out urging Biden to stem the influx of migrants. Nathaniel Rakich, ABC News, 5 Feb. 2024 Of the artists who have thus far talked publicly about the rift, none have so spoken out in a way to provoke either party; instead, the singers impacted have approached the situation with humor and optimism. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 2 Feb. 2024 Victims who do speak out struggle to be believed or may find their career ends as a consequence, the committee found. Richard Smirke, Billboard, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1968, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of speak-out was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near speak-out

speak one's mind


speak out

Cite this Entry

“Speak-out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speak-out. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

speak out

: to speak loudly and clearly
: to speak freely and confidently
was never afraid to speak out on the issues
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