Definition of speak
1a : to utter words or articulate sounds with the ordinary voice : talkb (1) : to express thoughts, opinions, or feelings orally (2) : to extend a greeting (3) : to be friendly enough to engage in conversation still were not speaking after the disputec (1) : to express oneself before a group (2) : to address one's remarks speak to the issue
2a : to make a written statement his diaries … spoke … of his entrancement with death — Sy Kahnb : to use such an expression —often used in the phrase so to speak was at the enemy's gates, so to speak — C. S. Foresterc : to serve as spokesperson
3a : to express feelings by other than verbal means actions speak louder than wordsb : signalc : to be interesting or attractive : appeal great music … speaks directly to the emotions — A. N. Whitehead
4 : to make a request or claim —used with for —usually used in passive constructions the seat was already spoken for
5 : to make a characteristic or natural sound all at once the thunder spoke — George Meredith
6a : testifyb : to be indicative or suggestive his gold … spoke of riches in the land — Julian Dana
2 : to make known in writing : state
speakableplay \ˈspē-kə-bəl\ adjective
to speak of
Examples of speak in a Sentence
Have you two spoken since yesterday?
She and I spoke this morning.
He never speaks at the meetings.
Without speaking, she walked from the room.
They were speaking in Japanese.
When I said you were my best friend, I was speaking sincerely.
She must be speaking the truth.
Not a word was spoken between them the whole time.
He has laryngitis and can't speak.
She speaks with a Southern accent.
Recent Examples of speak from the Web
More than 20 women spoke, The Guardian reports, citing catcalling and being dismissed by male superiors among several pervasive issues.
Joining her husband on his second international tour since taking office, Melania Trump spoke before a crowd in Warsaw, Poland on Thursday afternoon and introduced the President before his own speech.
Speaking in an interview, Iwaya also called for the legal framework to allow casinos to be opened in regions, as well as major cities.
Rondini spoke to a sheriff's investigator hours after escaping her alleged rapist's house.
The party's early leaders of European, or Ashkenazi, descent took a paternalistic attitude toward Jewish immigrants from Arabic-speaking countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
But #CNNBlackmail was a top trend on Twitter Wednesday morning, as numerous media figures spoke out against the move.
In a video produced for Philly.com’s Lessons in Leadership, Snider spoke about her introduction to the cannabis industry, her father’s initial reaction to her involvement, overcoming stigma and dispelling people’s fear of marijuana.
Each artist chose photographs to paint that spoke to them, Abbate said.
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Origin and Etymology of speak
Middle English speken, from Old English sprecan, specan; akin to Old High German sprehhan to speak, Greek spharageisthai to crackle
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of -speak
—used to form especially nonce words denoting a particular kind of jargon Californiaspeak
Origin and Etymology of -speak
SPEAK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of speak for English Language Learners
: to say words in order to express your thoughts, feelings, opinions, etc., to someone : to talk to someone
: to talk about a particular subject or person
: to say words to express yourself in a particular way
Definition of -speak for English Language Learners
—used to form words that refer to the special languages or words used for particular activities or by particular groups
SPEAK Defined for Kids
Definition of speak for Students
1 : to utter words : talk He speaks too fast.
2 : to utter in words Does he speak the truth?
3 : to mention in speech or writing She spoke of being ill.
4 : to use or be able to use in talking Can you speak Spanish?
: to express an opinion openly
1 : to speak loudly and clearly
2 : to express an opinion openly
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