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Definitions of speak

  1. give a speech to; "The chairman addressed the board of trustees" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. make a characteristic or natural sound; "The drums spoke" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. exchange thoughts; talk with; "We often talk business"; "Actions talk louder than words" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. use language; "the baby talks already"; "the prisoner won't speak"; "they speak a strange dialect" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. To utter words or articulate sounds, as human beings; to express thoughts by words; as, the organs may be so obstructed that a man may not be able to speak. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. To express opinions; to say; to talk; to converse. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. To utter a speech, discourse, or harangue; to adress a public assembly formally. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. To discourse; to make mention; to tell. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. To give sound; to sound. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. To convey sentiments, ideas, or intelligence as if by utterance; as, features that speak of self-will. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. To utter with the mouth; to pronounce; to utter articulately, as human beings. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. To utter in a word or words; to say; to tell; to declare orally; as, to speak the truth; to speak sense. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. To declare; to proclaim; to publish; to make known; to exhibit; to express in any way. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. To talk or converse in; to utter or pronounce, as in conversation; as, to speak Latin. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. To address; to accost; to speak to. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. To utter words; as, to speak distinctly; talk; tell; mention; as, do not speak of this; make an address or speech; as, he spoke for an hour; convey ideas; as, our actions speak for us. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. To utter, as a word; pronounce; to tell in words; as, to speak the truth; to use, or be able to use, in conversation; as, he speaks four languages; to address; hail; as, ships speak each other in passing. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. Spoke. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  20. Spoken. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  21. Speaking. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. To utter words or articulate sounds: to say: to talk: to converse: to sound. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  23. To pronounce: to converse in: to address: to declare: to express by signs:-pa.t. spoke or spake; pa.p. spoken. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  24. Spoke (old form, spake). The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  25. To pronounce; converse in; address; declare. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  26. To utter words; say; talk; harangue. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  27. To utter, as a word; articulate; make known; reveal. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. To talk; make a speech. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. To utter articulately; to declare; to celebrate; to talk in; to communicate. To speak a ship, to hail and speak to her commander. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  30. To utter words or articulate sounds; to utter a speech or discourse; to talk; to dispute; to make mention of; to converse. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  31. To utter articulate sounds, applied to human beings; to make known thoughts by words; to talk; to converse with; to discourse; to make a speech; to address; to accost. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  32. sp[=e]k, v.i. to utter words or articulate sounds: to say: to talk: to converse: to sound: to give expression by any means, to intimate, to hint.--v.t. to pronounce: to converse in: to address: to declare: to express by signs:--pa.t. spoke or sp[=a]ke; pa.p. sp[=o]'ken.--adj. SPEAK'ABLE, capable of being spoken: (Milt.) having the power of speech.--ns. SPEAK'-EAS'Y (U.S.), an illicit dram-shop, shebeen; SPEAK'ER, one who speaks or proclaims: the person who presides in a deliberative or legislative body, as the House of Commons; SPEAK'ERSHIP, the office of Speaker; SPEAK'ING, the act of expressing ideas in words: discourse.--adj. seeming to speak: natural: used to assist the voice.--adv. SPEAK'INGLY.--ns. SPEAK'ING-TRUM'PET, an instrument for enabling the sound of the voice to be conveyed to a greater distance; SPEAK'ING-TUBE, a tube communicating from one room to another for speaking through; SPEAK'ING-VOICE, the kind of voice used in speaking.--SPEAK A SHIP, to hail and speak to some one on board her; SPEAK FAIR, to address one in conciliatory terms; SPEAK FOR, to speak on behalf of: to be a proof of: to bespeak, engage; SPEAKING TERMS, a relationship between two persons not extending beyond the courtesy of verbal salutation, &c.; SPEAK OF, to talk about: to mention, or to be worth mentioning; SPEAK ONE'S MIND, to say frankly what one thinks; SPEAK OUT, to assert boldly or loudly; SPEAK TO, to reprove: to attest, testify to; SPEAK UP, to speak out; SPEAK WELL FOR, to witness favourably to.--SO TO SPEAK, as one might put it, as it were. [A.S. specan (for sprecan); Dut. spreken, Ger. sprechen.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  33. (spoke, archaic spake; spoken). Use articulate utterance in ordinary (not singing-) voice, as child is learning to s., wish you would s. distinctly; hold conversation (with, to, person, of, about, thing), as have heard him s. of it, will s. to him about it; portrait speaks (is lifelike), so speaking likeness; make oral address, deliver speech, before assembly, magistrate, tribunal, &c.; utter (words); make known (one\'s opinion, the truth, &c.) thus, esp. s. one\'s mind (bluntly &c.); use (a particular language) in speaking, as cannot s. French; strictly, roughly, speaking (quasi-adv.), in the strict, rough, sense of the word (s), as am not strictly speaking a member of the staff; legally &c. speaking, from the legal &c. point of view; (as an apology for loose or strong or figurative expression) so to s., if I may use such an expression; hail& hold communication with (ship); (archaic, of conduct, circumstance, &c.) show (person) to be (so-&-so), as his conduct speaks him generous, be evidence of, as this speaks a little mind; (of fact &c.) s. volumes, be very significant; s. volumes &c. for, s. well for, be abundant evidence of, place in favourable light, as speaks volumes for his forbearance; (of dog) bark esp. when ordered; (fig., of mus. instrument &c.) sound; make mention in writing of, s. by the or like a BOOK; s. (person) fair, use polite language to; s. of, mention; nothing to s. of, nothing worth mentioning, practically nothing; s. out (also up), s. freely, s. one\'s whole opinion; s. to, address (person &c.), s. in confirmation of or in reference to, as I can s. to his having been there, will s. to that point later; s. up (also out), s. loud (er); fair, smooth, ill, well, &c., -spoken, (given to) using such language. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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