Definition of spoken
1 : delivered by word of mouth : oral
2 : characterized by speaking in (such) a manner —used in combination soft-spoken plainspoken
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 of spoken from the Web
Tippett, a soft-spoken teen, wasn’t always this confident.
His advisers knew that, in order to win, the soft-spoken peace negotiator needed to appeal to all of Fatah, not just the bureaucratic elite.
Activists have also been alarmed by Liu Xia's gradual descent into depression after the soft-spoken poet and artist was forcibly sequestered by state security at home during her husband's imprisonment.
The creative impulse that began in childhood still has a hold of this soft-spoken 94-year-old.
Lau’s role as a soft-spoken solver of problems helped end the finger-pointing and bring it all to a successful conclusion.
Others resulted from side deals brokered by McPhee, the soft-spoken Juris Doctor who pretty much plopped 30 horse heads onto his colleagues’ pillows by delivering this message through reporters:
Gordon's music, a patchwork of musical Americana, gives memorable lyrical flight to plain-spoken lyrics that coalesce into set pieces flowing easily one to the next.
Since then, a whirl of surgeries and doctors' appointments has been a part of life for the soft-spoken girl who loves animals and swimming.
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Origin and Etymology of spoken
past participle of speak
First Known Use: 1560See Words from the same year
SPOKEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of spoken for English Language Learners
: using speech and not writing
: speaking in a specified manner
SPOKEN Defined for Kids
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