verb (used without object), spoke or (Archaic) spake [speyk]; /speɪk/; spo·ken or (Archaic) spoke; speak·ing.
verb (used with object), spoke or (Archaic) spake [speyk]; /speɪk/; spo·ken or (Archaic) spoke; speak·ing.
- to intercede for or recommend; speak in behalf of.
- to express or articulate the views of; represent.
- to choose or prefer; have reserved for oneself: This item is already spoken for.
- to address or respond to, as in speech or action: The legislature must speak to the issue of gun violence.
- to be appealing or relevant to: His music speaks to me on a very deep level.
- to provide evidence for:Our company’s rapid growth speaks to the passion and commitment of our employees.
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Idioms for speak
Origin of speak
synonym study for speak
OTHER WORDS FROM speakspeak·a·ble, adjectivespeak·a·ble·ness, nounspeak·a·bly, adverb
Definition for speak (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for speak
So we do demand justice and we do speak up and make demands.
Or has the see and hear and speak-no-evil stance of the Republican House persuaded him that he is in the clear?
“We met the smuggler in the train station; he came to speak with us about the services he provided,” Yazbek says.
He disagrees, though, and says it is the duty of every person—men, especially—to speak up on this issue.
They were born in 51 countries and speak 59 foreign languages, but they seemed bound by a single purpose and resolve.
“Perhaps you do not speak my language,” she said in Urdu, the tongue most frequently heard in Upper India.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
Now first we shall want our pupil to understand, speak, read and write the mother tongue well.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
To be wiser than other men is to be honester than they; and strength of mind is only courage to see and speak the truth.
Since this is a law of vibration, it is unscientific to speak of giving an overtone, for all tones contain overtones.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
When we speak against one capital vice, we ought to speak against its opposite; the middle betwixt both is the point for virtue.
British Dictionary definitions for speak (1 of 2)
verb speaks, speaking, spoke or spoken
Derived forms of speakspeakable, adjective
Word Origin for speak
British Dictionary definitions for speak (2 of 2)
suffix forming nouns
Word Origin for -speak
Idioms and Phrases with speak
In addition to the idioms beginning with speak
- speak down to
- speak for
- speak of the devil
- speak one's mind
- speak one's piece
- speak out
- speak out of turn
- speak the same language
- speak too soon
- speak up
- speak volumes
- actions speak louder than words
- in a manner of speaking
- nothing to speak of
- not to mention (speak of)
- on speaking terms
- so to speak
- to speak of