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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
This isn't the first time that Real Madrid TV has been criticized for its conduct, with FC Barcelona head coach and legend Xavi Hernandez also speaking out against the La Liga leaders' official channel. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 Wendy Williams is speaking out for the first time after being diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 23 Feb. 2024 However, Pistons coach Monty Williams took umbrage with the Suns speaking out about the incident before an NBA investigation could determine what happened between Stewart and Eubanks before the game. Sean Neumann, Peoplemag, 23 Feb. 2024 Broadbent was diagnosed with AIDS at age 5 and rose to prominence as a child and teenager in the 1990s by speaking out about AIDS. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 23 Feb. 2024 Another group of Arab American advocates also plan to speak out Thursday morning at the Greenfield Manor against Biden. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 23 Feb. 2024 Jada Pinkett Smith applauded Taraji P. Henson for speaking out about her experience with the pay disparity in Hollywood while appearing on NPR’s It’s Been a Minute. Tatiana Tenreyro, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Feb. 2024 Travis Kelce is speaking out in the wake of the Feb. 14 Super Bowl parade shooting, which began as a celebration of the Kansas City Chiefs’ victory but ended in gunfire that killed one person and injured 22 others. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 20 Feb. 2024 The request is part of a sprawling lawsuit filed by advocates of inmates at the prison, accusing managers of ignoring decades of warning signs, retaliating against inmates for speaking out, and providing insufficient mental and physical health care. Jakob Rodgers, The Mercury News, 16 Feb. 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 27 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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