spoken

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adjective spo·ken \ ˈspō-kən \

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

  1. a spoken agreement is too easily broken

  2. a politician who knows the power of the spoken word

Recent Examples of spoken from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of spoken

past participle of speak



SPOKEN Defined for English Language Learners

spoken

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adjective

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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spoken

Definition of spoken for Students

  • past participle of speak

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spoken

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adjective spo·ken \ ˈspō-kən \

Definition of spoken for Students

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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