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  1. speak
    IPA[spēk]
  2. verb

    • 1. say something in order to convey information, an opinion, or a feeling:

      in his agitation he was unable to speak she refused to speak about the incident
      Synonym : talk, say (anything/something), utter, state, declare, tell, voice, express, pronounce, articulate, enunciate, vocalize, verbalize, enounce
    • 2. have a conversation:

      I'll speak to him if he calls I wish to speak privately with you
      Synonym : have a conversation, talk, have a talk, have a discussion, converse, communicate, chat, have a chat, pass the time of day, have a word, gossip, make conversation, have a confab, chew the fat/rag, natter, have a chinwag, shoot the breeze, confabulate
    • 3. utter (a word, message, speech, etc.):

      patients copy words spoken by the therapist
      Synonym : talk, say (anything/something), utter, state, declare, tell, voice, express, pronounce, articulate, enunciate, vocalize, verbalize, enounce
    • 4. communicate in or be able to communicate in (a specified language):

      my mother spoke Russian
    • 5. make a speech before an audience, or make a contribution to a debate:

      twenty thousand people attended to hear him speak
      Synonym : give a speech, give a talk, talk, lecture, give a lecture, deliver an address, give a sermon, hold forth, discourse, expound, expatiate, orate, harangue, sermonize, pontificate, spout, spiel, speechify, preachify, jaw, sound off, drone on
    • 6. express the views or position of (another person or group):

      he claimed to speak for the majority of local people
    • 7. convey one's views or position indirectly:

      speaking through his attorney, he refused to join the debate
    • 8. mention or discuss in speech or writing:

      the books speak of betrayal
      Synonym : mention, make mention of, talk about, discuss, refer to, make reference to, bring in, introduce, remark on, comment on, allude to, advert to, deal with, treat
    • 9. talk to in order to reprove or advise:

      she tried to speak to Seth about his drinking
      Synonym : reprimand, rebuke, admonish, chastise, chide, upbraid, reprove, reproach, scold, remonstrate with, berate, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambaste, read someone the Riot Act, give someone a piece of one's mind, haul over the coals, lecture, criticize, censure, tell off, give someone a talking-to, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking, rap, rap over the knuckles, slap someone's wrist, send someone away with a flea in their ear, let someone have it, bawl out, give someone hell, come down on, blow up, pitch into, lay into, lace into, give someone a caning, put on the mat, slap down, blast, rag, keelhaul, tick off, have a go at, carpet, monster, give someone a mouthful, tear someone off a strip, give someone what for, give someone stick, wig, give someone a wigging, give someone a row, row, chew out, ream out, bollock, give someone a bollocking, chew someone's ass, ream someone's ass, call down, rate, give someone a rating, trim, reprehend, objurgate
    • 10. talk to in order to give or extract information:

      he had spoken to the police
    • 11. discuss or comment on formally:

      the Church wants to speak to real issues
    • 12. appeal or relate to:

      the story spoke to him directly
    • 13. (of behavior, a quality, an event, etc.) serve as evidence for something:

      his frame spoke tiredness her harping on him spoke strongly of a crush
    • 14. show or manifest (someone or something) to be in a particular state or to possess a certain quality:

      she had seen nothing that spoke him of immoral habits
    • 15. (of a musical instrument or other object) make a sound when functioning:

      the gun spoke again
    • 16. (of a dog) bark.

  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: speak, 3rd person present: speaks, gerund or present participle: speaking, past tense: spoke, past participle: spoken

    • noun

      a large, heavy, mammal that walks on the soles of its feet, with thick fur and a very short tail. Bears are related to the dog family but most species are omnivorous.

      a teddy bear.

    • noun

      a wild carnivorous mammal of the dog family, living and hunting in packs. It is native to both Eurasia and North America, but has been widely exterminated.

      used in names of mammals similar or related to the wolf, e.g. maned wolf, Tasmanian wolf.

    • verb

      devour (food) greedily:
    • adjective

      relating to or resembling a dog or dogs:

      relating to animals of the dog family.

    • noun

      a dog.

      another term for canid

    • adjective

      relating to Siberia or its people:
    • noun

      a native or inhabitant of Siberia:

      a Siberian husky dog:

    • adjective

      relating to or characteristic of the Swiss capital or canton of Berne or its inhabitants:
    • noun

      the people of the Swiss capital or canton of Berne:

      short for Bernese mountain dog

    • noun

      a robust breed of water dog related to the poodle and orginating in Portugal, with a curly or wavy coat:
    • adjective

      relating to Sirius (the Dog Star), especially with reference to the ancient Egyptian year fixed by its heliacal rising.
    • combining form

      relating to dogs:
    • noun

      a large, heavy mammal that walks on the soles of its feet, having thick fur and a very short tail. Bears are related to the dog family but most species are omnivorous.

      a teddy bear.

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