- Speak is defined as to say words, talk or verbally deliver a message.
An example of to speak is to give a speech at graduation.
speak definition by Webster's New World
- to utter words with the ordinary voice; talk
- to express or communicate opinions, feelings, ideas, etc. by or as by talking: speak in our behalf, actions speak louder than words
- to make a request or reservation (for): usually in the passive voice: a seat not yet spoken for
- to make a speech; deliver an address or lecture; discourse
- to be a spokesman (for)
- to talk with another or others; converse
- to make or give out sound, as a gun firing or a dog barking
Origin: Middle English speken ; from Old English specan, earlier sprecan, akin to German sprechen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sp(h)er(e)-g-, to strew, sprinkle from source spark, Classical Latin spargere, to sprinkle: basic sense “to scatter (words)”
- to express or make known by or as by speaking
- to use or be able to use (a given language) in speaking
- to utter (words) orally
- Archaic to speak to; address
- Archaic to declare or show to be; reveal
- Naut. to hail (a ship)
- speakable adjective
speak definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb spoke spoke , spo·ken , speak·ing, speaks verb, intransitive
- To utter words or articulate sounds with ordinary speech modulation; talk.
- a. To convey thoughts, opinions, or emotions orally.b. To express oneself.c. To be on speaking terms: They are no longer speaking.
- To deliver an address or lecture: The mayor spoke at the rally.
- a. To make a statement in writing: The biography speaks of great loneliness.b. To act as spokesperson: spoke for the entire staff.
- a. To convey a message by nonverbal means: Actions speak louder than words.b. To be expressive: spoke with her eyes.c. To be appealing: His poetry speaks to one's heart.
- To make a reservation or request. Often used with for: Is this dance spoken for? I spoke for the last slice of pizza.
- a. To produce a characteristic sound: The drums spoke.b. To give off a sound on firing. Used of guns or cannon.
- To make communicative sounds.
- To give an indication or a suggestion: His manners spoke of good upbringing.
- To articulate in a speaking voice: spoke words of wisdom.
- To converse in or be able to converse in (a language): speaks German.
- a. To express aloud; tell: speak the truth.b. To express in writing.
- Nautical To hail and communicate with (another vessel) at sea.
- To convey by nonverbal means: His eyes spoke volumes.
Origin: Middle English speken, from Old English sprecan, specan.
- speakˈa·ble adjective
Origin: From (new)speak.
speak - Phrases/Idioms
so to speak
speak for itself
speak outor speak up
- to speak audibly or clearly
- to speak freely or forcefully
speak well for
to speak of
so to speak
speak down to
to speak of