Speak meaning

spēk
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.

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To produce words by means of sounds; talk.

Can the baby speak yet?

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To hail and communicate with (another vessel) at sea.
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To say with the voice; pronounce or utter.

She spoke the words with a French accent.

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To speak to; address.
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(intransitive) To deliver a message to a group; to deliver a speech.

This evening I shall speak on the topic of correct English usage.

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To make a reservation or request. Used with for:

Has anyone spoken for the last piece of pizza?

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To converse in or be able to converse in (a language).

Speaks German.

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To express in words; tell.

Speak the truth.

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To convey by nonverbal means.

His eyes spoke volumes.

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Language characteristic of.

Doctorspeak; cop-speak.

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To utter words with the ordinary voice; talk.
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To express or communicate opinions, feelings, ideas, etc. by or as by talking.

Speak in our behalf, actions speak louder than words.

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To make a request or reservation (for)

A seat not yet spoken for.

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To make a speech; deliver an address or lecture; discourse.
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To be a spokesman (for)
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To talk with another or others; converse.
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To make or give out sound, as a gun firing or a dog barking.
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To express or make known by or as by speaking.
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To use or be able to use (a given language) in speaking.
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To utter (words) orally.
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To declare or show to be; reveal.
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To hail (a passing ship)
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(intransitive) To communicate with one's voice, to say words out loud.

I was so surprised I couldn't speak. You're speaking too fast.

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(intransitive) To have a conversation.

It's been ages since we've spoken.

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(by extension) To communicate or converse by some means other than orally, such as writing or facial expressions.

He spoke of it in his diary. Speak to me only with your eyes. I just spoke with them on IRC. Actions speak louder than words.

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To be able to communicate in a language.

He speaks Mandarin fluently.

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To utter.

I was so surprised that I couldn't speak a word.

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To communicate (some fact or feeling); to bespeak, to indicate.
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(informal, sometimes humorous) To understand (as though it were a language).

Sorry, I don't speak idiot. So you can program in C. But do you speak C++?

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(intransitive) To produce a sound; to sound.
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(archaic) To address; to accost; to speak to.
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Language, jargon, or terminology used uniquely in a particular environment or group.

Corporate speak; IT speak.

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(dated) A low class bar, a speakeasy.
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Indicates a manner of speech or writing typical of or characterized by the root term.
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To deliver an address or lecture.

The mayor spoke at the rally.

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so to speak
  • Used to call attention to a choice of words, and especially to the metaphoric or expressive nature of a word or phrase:.
    Can't see the forest for the trees, so to speak.
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speak down to
  • To speak condescendingly to:.
    She never spoke down to her audience.
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spoken for
  • Reserved or requested:.
    Is that seat spoken for?.
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to speak of
  • Worthy of mention:.
    There's nothing new to speak of.
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so to speak
  • In a manner of speaking; that is to say.
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speak for itself
  • To be self-evident.
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speak out
  • To speak audibly or clearly.
  • To speak freely or forcefully, as in making a public statement.
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speak to
  • To respond to, deal with, fulfill, etc.
    The decision speaks to the needs of everyone involved.
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speak well for
  • To say or indicate something favorable about.
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to speak of
  • Worthy of mention.
    No gains to speak of.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of speak

  • Middle English speken from Old English sprecan, specan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From (new)speak

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English speken (“to speak"), from Old English specan (“to speak"), alteration of earlier sprecan (“to speak"), from Proto-Germanic *sprekanÄ… (“to speak, make a sound"), from Proto-Indo-European *spreg- (“to make a sound, utter, speak"). Cognate with West Frisian sprekke, Low German spreken (“to speak"), Dutch spreken (“to speak"), German sprechen (“to speak"), and also with Albanian shpreh (“to utter, voice, express") through Indo-European.

    From Wiktionary

  • Probably originally from Newspeak, coined by George Orwell in his book 1984.

    From Wiktionary