verb (used without object), spoke or (Archaic) spake; spo·ken or (Archaic) spoke; speak·ing.
verb (used with object), spoke or (Archaic) spake; 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.
Origin of speak
SYNONYMS FOR speak
Related formsspeak·a·ble, adjectivespeak·a·ble·ness, nounspeak·a·bly, adverb
Definition for speak (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for speak
So we do demand justice and we do speak up and make demands.
“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.
The Baluch in Iran do not speak Farsi but Baluchi, just like the Baluch in Pakistan, and in Iran they are a Sunni minority.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And I could not speak a consoling word to her; Klaus did not wish it.A Sister's Love|W. Heimburg
This clears the atmosphere, so to speak, and we know who were after.The Motor Boys on the Wing|Clarence Young
When a senator assumes to speak for the President, every senator possesses a public right to demand his authority for so doing.Thirty Years' View (Vol. II of 2)|Thomas Hart Benton
All persons who speak of their ailings, diseases, or bodily infirmities, are offensive bores.
Suppose now she stood before him, wonder-eyes raised, seeking his soul's truth; hands resting in his until he should speak.Joyce of the North Woods|Harriet T. Comstock
British Dictionary definitions for speak (1 of 2)
verb speaks, speaking, spoke or spoken
Derived Formsspeakable, 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