Those of us who have the freedom to speak out can be a voice for others who cannot make their own voices heard.
He did speak out after another 14-year-old, Emilio Hoffman, was killed in an Oregon school shooting.
She made an appearance at the February 2009, I Love Mountains rally in Frankfurt, Ky. to speak out against mountaintop removal.
Mr. President, you can speak out and help us confront this corrosive element, but time is running out.
It is a marvel that so many pundits can speak out as if this were a race between equivalent thoroughbreds.
To speak out, it will be better for our future living together if you're not in my sight for a while now.
Said the Druid 'If he wants to live he will have to speak out his secret.
For the first time a "hand" felt that he might speak out openly in Appleboro.
If a man could speak out in meeting, says he, he'd work no mischief in secret.
If they speak out at all, they will speak out rather as to all they do believe than as to the little that they doubt.
Old English specan, variant of sprecan "to speak" (class V strong verb; past tense spræc, past participle sprecen), from Proto-Germanic *sprekanan (cf. Old Saxon sprecan, Old Frisian spreka, Middle Dutch spreken, Old High German sprehhan, German sprechen "to speak," Old Norse spraki "rumor, report"), cognate with Latin spargere "to strew" (speech as a "scattering" of words; see sparse).
The -r- began to drop out in Late West Saxon and was gone by mid-12c., perhaps from influence of Danish spage "crackle," in a slang sense of "speak" (cf. crack in slang senses having to do with speech, e.g. wisecrack, cracker, all it's cracked up to be). Rare variant forms without -r- also are found in Middle Dutch (speken) and Old High German (spehhan).
Not the primary word for "to speak" in Old English (the "Beowulf" author prefers maþelian, from mæþel "assembly, council," from root of metan "to meet;" cf. Greek agoreuo "to speak," originally "speak in the assembly," from agora "assembly").