speak to


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speak to

vb (intr, preposition)
1. to address (a person)
2. to reprimand: your father will speak to you later.
3. formal to give evidence of or comments on (a subject): who will speak to this item?.
Translations

w>speak to

visprechen über (+acc); to speak to the topic of...über das Thema... sprechen; to speak to a subjectsich zu einem Thema äußern
References in classic literature ?
I knew that the audience would be largely composed of the most influential class of white men and women, and that it would be a rare opportunity for me to let them know what we were trying to do at Tuskegee, as well as to speak to them about the relations of the races.
The one chance of getting any information that I can see," he proceeded, "is to speak to Mr.
I wish, father, you would come and speak to Rosanna," she said.
She soon caught his eye, and he immediately bowed, but without attempting to speak to her, or to approach Marianne, though he could not but see her; and then continued his discourse with the same lady.
Perhaps he wanted to speak to her, of his attachment to Harriet; he might be watching for encouragement to begin.
Pendril wished to speak to you about Norah and me, his letter gave us our choice to be present at the interview, or to keep away.
I took the opportunity of her being from home, to beg to speak to you.
It was also of some importance that I should speak to her while she was sober enough to understand what I meant in a general way.
When Miss Halcombe informed me of this I told her that I must absolutely speak to her sister before I left Limmeridge, and it was, therefore, arranged that I should see Miss Fairlie in her own sitting-room the next morning.
The poor schoolmaster motioned to the bachelor that he would come on the other side, and speak to him.
Ask her the question: What was there to love in a man who can speak to you as that man has spoken, who can treat you as that man is treating you now?
If he would now speak to her with the unreserve which had sometimes been too much for her before, it would be most consoling; but that she found was not to be.