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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Examples of spoken in a Sentence

a spoken agreement is too easily broken a politician who knows the power of the spoken word
Recent Examples on the Web But the main stage provides three days of entertainment, with jazz, blues, hip-hop and bluegrass bands; spoken word performers; and a Native American dance troupe. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 23 June 2022 Audible is an Amazon company that sells and produces spoken audio content. cleveland, 21 June 2022 At one point, the mild-spoken Republican implored Americans to tone down the heated rhetoric. Farnoush Amiri, Anchorage Daily News, 21 June 2022 Ojeya Cruz-Banks suggested to a group of teens, who were working on a spoken word act. al, 19 June 2022 Def Poetry Jam, the spoken word poetry TV series that aired in the early 2000s, captured Massey with its poets' variety of self expression. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 17 June 2022 So was play with texts, including explorations of how singing and spoken word could share space in a musical context. New York Times, 14 June 2022 Elisangela Rita who plays Nayola is a spoken word artist. Martin Dale, Variety, 12 June 2022 The spoken word pieces enhance the meditative feel of the set, says Mr. Poster. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 June 2022 See More

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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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25 Jun 2022

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“Spoken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoken. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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Kids Definition of spoken

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past participle of speak


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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