speak up


spoke up; spoken up; speaking up; speaks up

intransitive verb

: to speak loudly and distinctly
: to express an opinion freely
speak up for truth and justiceClive Bell

Examples of speak up in a Sentence

she's never been afraid to speak up at town meetings
Recent Examples on the Web And if employees see something going wrong with that process, they should be encouraged to speak up and know that their concerns will be taken seriously and remedied. Melvin Backman, Quartz, 12 Apr. 2024 More recently people against Tucson supporting a cease-fire resolution have also begun speaking up at council meetings, voicing concern about inflammatory rhetoric being expressed during the open comment portion of city council meetings. Sarah Lapidus, The Arizona Republic, 9 Apr. 2024 Yet another soldier spoke up: there was a problem with his spine. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024 But trust your legal team’s judgment on when to speak up and when to stay silent to help your case. Karla Miller, Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2024 Still, in a grim political moment that just keeps getting more contentious, watching Youssef—a practicing Muslim born to Egyptian parents in Queens, New York—making a case for peace is a reminder that daring to speak up is always, always worth it. Emma Specter, Vogue, 1 Apr. 2024 When that happens, people stop speaking up and become less engaged. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 Television Commentary: ‘Quiet on Set’ allegations forced Dan Schneider to speak up. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2024 An environment with psychological safety creates space and trust where individuals can take interpersonal risks in sharing ideas without being punished for challenging the norm, speaking up, or making mistakes. Dr. Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of speak up was in 1681

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“Speak up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speak%20up. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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