- spoken for,
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
Examples from the Web for spoken
Scalise never would have spoken to EURO had Duke been there in person.
Over dinner, the Knight had mentioned that Scalise had spoken before the EURO event.
At various times, we had spoken about honors--Hitchcock had been awarded the Légion d'Honneur and wore a ribbon in his lapel.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And while all he says he has spoken to still believe the interrogations saved lives, he said the report was a punch in the gut.CIA Interrogation Chief: ‘Rectal Feeding,’ Broken Limbs Are News to Me|Kimberly Dozier|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bergeot is perhaps the best known female authority figure in Magic and has spoken out in the past against sexism in the community.Is ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Immune to GamerGate Misogyny?|David Levesley|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is believed that the other evangelical denominations in Oregon have spoken with the same distinctness and the same confidence.A History of Oregon, 1792-1849|William Henry Gray
Hes at the switch now, remarked the man who had first spoken to the lads.Jack Ranger's Gun Club|Clarence Young
Touraine, too, has the reputation of being that part of France where is spoken the purest French.Castles and Chateaux of Old Touraine and the Loire Country|Francis Miltoun
He broke off, but when I would have spoken interrupted me with: And so you were on the Pamunkey all this while!By order of the company|Mary Johnston
Surely he had spoken, too, with the voice of an educated man.None Other Gods|Robert Hugh Benson
verb speaks, speaking, spoke or spoken
Word Origin for speak
in compounds, "speaking" (in a certain way), late-15c., from past participle of speak (v.).
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").
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