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 Words for spokensaid, uttered, voiced, articulate, mentioned, expressed, communicated, told, oral, phonetic, traditional, unwritten, verbal, sonant, lingual, phonic
Examples from the Web for spoken
Contemporary Examples of spoken
Scalise never would have spoken to EURO had Duke been there in person.The Price of Steve Scalise’s Silence
January 7, 2015
Over dinner, the Knight had mentioned that Scalise had spoken before the EURO event.GOP Boss Gets Help From ‘White Hate’ Pal
December 30, 2014
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
December 13, 2014
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
December 11, 2014
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?
October 29, 2014
Historical Examples of spoken
I know that I have spoken of him as I ought not to have spoken.
Some of the people demanded what he had to say of the gods, since he had spoken so ably of men.
He was then required to swear by all the gods, and by the dreaded Erinnys, that he had spoken truly.
And I looked and saw the chariot and horses, of which the voice had spoken.
I would have spoken about it at first, but then I had no money, and didn't know when I should have any.Brave and Bold
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