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v. Archaic
A past tense of speak.
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archaic or dialect a past tense of speak
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v. spoke, spo•ken, speak•ing. v.i.
1. to utter words or articulate sounds with the ordinary voice; talk.
2. to communicate vocally; mention.
3. to converse.
4. to deliver an address, discourse, etc.
5. to make a statement in written or printed words.
6. to communicate, signify, or disclose by any means.
7. to emit a sound, as a musical instrument; make a noise or report.
8. to utter vocally and articulately.
9. to express or make known with the voice.
10. to declare in writing or printing, or by any means of communication.
11. to use, or be able to use, in oral utterance: to speak French.
12. to communicate with (a passing vessel) at sea, as by voice or signal.
13. Archaic. to speak to or with.
14. speak for, to speak in behalf of.
15. speak out, to express one's opinion openly and unreservedly.
16. speak up,
a. to speak loud enough to be heard.
b. to speak out.
1. so to speak, figuratively speaking: We lost our shirt, so to speak.
2. speak well for, to be an indication or reflection of (something commendable).
3. to speak of, worth mentioning: no debts to speak of.
[before 900; Middle English speken, Old English specan, variant of sprecan, c. Old Frisian spreka, Old Saxon sprekan, Old High German sprehhan]
speak′a•ble, adj.


a combining form extracted from newspeak, used in the formation of compound words that denote the vocabulary of a field, person, era, etc.: adspeak; artspeak; futurespeak.
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References in classic literature ?
But at last his heart changed,--and rising one morning with the rosy dawn, he went before the sun, and spake thus unto it:
The saint laughed at Zarathustra, and spake thus: "Then see to it that they accept thy treasures!
So to the coast of Jordan he directs His easy steps, girded with snaky wiles, Where he might likeliest find this new-declared, This man of men, attested Son of God, Temptation and all guile on him to try-- So to subvert whom he suspected raised To end his reign on Earth so long enjoyed: But, contrary, unweeting he fulfilled The purposed counsel, pre-ordained and fixed, Of the Most High, who, in full frequence bright Of Angels, thus to Gabriel smiling spake:-- "Gabriel, this day, by proof, thou shalt behold, Thou and all Angels conversant on Earth With Man or men's affairs, how I begin To verify that solemn message late, On which I sent thee to the Virgin pure In Galilee, that she should bear a son, Great in renown, and called the Son of God.
The Wedding-Guest sat on a stone: He cannot chuse but hear; And thus spake on that ancient man, The bright-eyed Mariner.
The Wedding-Guest he beat his breast, Yet he cannot chuse but hear; And thus spake on that ancient man, The bright-eyed Mariner.
6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
As the communion words were spake, Oor vows agin tae Christ we make As we remembered He wha deed An'we a'tak the wine, the breed, Yer peacefulness an'quiet grace Brocht us tae Christ, face tae face.
The company has elected Marty Spake is new vice president of Corporate Development, responsible for managing its Investor Relations Department.
So spake Paddy Ashdown just before the EU referendum!
Just recently, an international team of astronomers, led by Jessica Spake from the University Of Exeter, United Kingdom, used the space telescope to analyze the starlight passing through the upper atmosphere of an exoplanet dubbed WASP-107b and discovered helium in abundance. 
And Morgan was rendered speechless when referee Dave Campbell brandished a yellow card instead of the anticipated red, prompting the phrase that has been mimicked a thousand times and has now spawned a book, appropriately called "I Can't Spake".
Meanwhile, Dawn enlists her 'little Russy' to do the modelling, but Spake is worried it will affect the "special relationship between a butcher and his clients".