spoken

adjective
spo·​ken | \ ˈspō-kən How to pronounce spoken (audio) \

Definition of spoken

1 : delivered by word of mouth : oral
2 : characterized by speaking in (such) a manner used in combination soft-spokenplainspoken

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Synonyms & Antonyms for spoken

Synonyms

nuncupative, oral, unwritten, verbal, viva voce, word-of-mouth

Antonyms

paper, written

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Examples of spoken in a Sentence

a spoken agreement is too easily broken a politician who knows the power of the spoken word

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Among those selected for the fall Everytown camp was Carmel Evans, a soft-spoken 18-year-old who attended a program for students with emotional disturbance at Andrew P. Hill High School in San Jose. Karen De Sa, BostonGlobe.com, "Teens pushed to the brink at ‘leadership’ camps," 18 June 2018 Among those selected for the fall Everytown camp was Carmel Evans, a soft-spoken 18-year-old who attended a program for students with emotional disturbance at Andrew P. Hill High School in San Jose. Karen De Sa, BostonGlobe.com, "Teens pushed to the brink at ‘leadership’ camps," 18 June 2018 Only Hemant, a soft-spoken anesthesiologist from India, had done a Nomadic Road drive before. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Want Serious Bragging Rights? Do a Road Trip Across Borneo," 16 Nov. 2018 China on Tuesday allowed Liu Xia to fly to Berlin, ending an eight-year house arrest that drew international criticism and made the soft-spoken, chain-smoking 57-year-old poet with a shaven head a tragic icon known around the world. Gerry Shih And Kirsten Grieshaber, chicagotribune.com, "China lets Nobel Prize winner's widow go to Berlin after long house arrest," 10 July 2018 The soft-spoken Texan was a whiz kid trader at Enron before its fall. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "A billionaire couple is pumping money into the drug pricing debate. Can they loosen pharma’s grip?," 26 Mar. 2018 Standing before Rufe on Thursday, Woodard – a soft-spoken man with long hair drawn back in braids — appeared to waiver on whether to accept what prosecutors had offered. Jeremy Roebuck, Philly.com, "Tacony 'dungeon' case ends with admission of hate crimes against disabled," 11 Jan. 2018 The L!VE Cafe event included performances by spoken word artists Jamaica West and Jasmine Sims, who took turns reciting poetry and getting the crowd to join in on songs. Megann Horstead, chicagotribune.com, "'It belongs to all of us': L!VE Cafe hosts Juneteenth celebration in Oak Park," 21 June 2018 Among those selected for the fall Everytown camp was Carmel Evans, a soft-spoken 18-year-old who attended a program for students with emotional disturbance at Andrew P. Hill High School in San Jose. Karen De Sa, BostonGlobe.com, "Teens pushed to the brink at ‘leadership’ camps," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of spoken

1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spoken

past participle of speak

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The first known use of spoken was in 1560

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More Definitions for spoken

spoken

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of spoken

: using speech and not writing
: speaking in a specified manner

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Kids Definition of spoken

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past participle of speak

spoken

adjective
spo·​ken | \ ˈspō-kən How to pronounce spoken (audio) \

Kids Definition of spoken (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : expressed in speech : oral a spoken message
2 : used in speaking the spoken language
3 : speaking in a specified manner soft-spoken

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