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 combinationsoft-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 The Marquez of today, Bexar County’s executive director of economic and community development, is soft-spoken, thoughtful and a fastidious dresser. Greg Jefferson, ExpressNews.com, "Jefferson: Manufacturing is having its day in S.A.," 14 Feb. 2020 Mookie is soft-spoken and matter-of-fact, polite and easy to smile, but not necessarily candid. Chad Finn, BostonGlobe.com, "Dear Dodger fans, here’s what you’re getting in Mookie Betts," 13 Feb. 2020 In broadcast interviews and speeches, Mathrani is soft-spoken and understated. Fortune, "WeWork hires corporate turnaround artist with ‘plenty of luck’ as new CEO," 3 Feb. 2020 Instead, a soft-spoken Google roboticist gently takes Wiener’s hand at a party, and a euphemistic paragraph break later they’re boyfriend-girlfriend, going for couples bike rides and rolling their eyes at the orgies. Malcolm Harris, The New Republic, "The Uneasy Promise of Life in Silicon Valley," 3 Feb. 2020 Vista, California — When parents at a Vista, California, school were behind on lunch payments, Kiki Hardee, a soft-spoken kindergartner, decided to take action. Jamie Yuccas, CBS News, "Kindergartner's "kindness project" raises enough money to pay off school district's lunch debt," 28 Jan. 2020 Former First Lady Michelle Obama's Becoming won best spoken word record. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Grammys 2020: Billie Eilish Becomes the First Woman to Sweep the Big Four Grammys In One Night," 27 Jan. 2020 Ms Tsai, soft-spoken and scandal-free, won in a landslide against her populist, often brash opponent, Han Kuo-yu of the China-friendly Kuomintang (KMT). The Economist, "Banyan What next for Taiwan after Tsai Ing-wen’s emphatic victory?," 18 Jan. 2020 Nick Bosa is a soft-spoken defensive end with perpetual stubble who was drafted No. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ Nick Bosa finds cousin Jake Kumerow standing between him and Super Bowl," 17 Jan. 2020

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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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21 Feb 2020

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“Spoken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoken. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce spoken (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of spoken

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


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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