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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

    • combining form

      forming nouns denoting a manner of speaking, characteristic of a specified field or group:
    • verb

      say something in order to convey information or to express a feeling:

      have a conversation:

    • combining form

      forming nouns denoting a manner of speaking, characteristic of a specified field or group:
    • noun

      each of the bars or wire rods connecting the center of a wheel to its outer edge.

      each of a set of radial handles projecting from a ship's wheel.

    • past participle of speak
    • adjective

      speaking in a specified way:
    • verb

      past of speak
    • noun

      each of the bars or wire rods connecting the centre of a wheel to its outer edge.

      each of a set of radial handles projecting from a ship's wheel.

    • verb

      past participle of speak
    • adjective

      speaking in a specified way:
    • verb

      past of speak
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