- in a relationship close enough for or limited to friendly superficialities: I don't know the hosts well, but we are certainly on speaking terms.
- in a relationship of open, willing, or ready communication: Now that the debt has been settled, I hope you and your partner are on speaking terms again.
Related formsspeak·ing·ly, adverbspeak·ing·ness, nounnon·speak·ing, adjectivewell-speak·ing, adjective
Definition for speaking (2 of 2)
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
Examples from the Web for speaking
Speaking to a local radio station today Antonella Ramelli said the video gives her hope.Jihadis Release New Year’s Eve Video of Italian Female Hostages|Jamie Dettmer, Barbie Latza Nadeau|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“Mona Iraqi is responsible for 25 families losing their lives,” he said, speaking figuratively.Sisi Is Persecuting, Prosecuting, and Publicly Shaming Egypt’s Gays|Bel Trew|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Speaking of the literature you love, the Bloomsbury writers crop up in your collection repeatedly.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sometimes democracy and liberalism are about speaking up about the great issues, like a massive foreign war.A Few Great Men Too Many: Aaron Sorkin Doesn’t Think You Can Handle the Truth|Arthur Chu|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Both the Republicans in Congress and the American-Cuban community in exile have been speaking out against the warming relations.
But as his father was speaking again the student turned his serious face toward the pulpit.Tess of the Storm Country|Grace Miller White
"Yes, yes; quite so," I said, speaking perhaps a trifle impatiently.Those Times And These|Irvin S. Cobb
But, in speaking of his disposition, I have no intention whatever to give him a character for amiability.Round-about Rambles in Lands of Fact and Fancy|Frank Richard Stockton
And in speaking of domination, I do not mean the domination of the tiger.Tragic Sense Of Life|Miguel de Unamuno
After all, this was her aunt, and she believed she was speaking to her niece.The Rebellion of Margaret|Geraldine Mockler
British Dictionary definitions for speaking (1 of 2)
- able to speak
- (in combination) able to speak a particular languageFrench-speaking
British Dictionary definitions for speaking (2 of 2)
verb speaks, speaking, spoke or spoken
Derived Formsspeakable, adjective
Word Origin for speak
Idioms and Phrases with speaking
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