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speak

 (spēk)
v. spoke (spōk), spo·ken (spō′kən), speak·ing, speaks
v.intr.
1. To produce words by means of sounds; talk: Can the baby speak yet?
2.
a. To express thoughts or feelings to convey information in speech or writing: He spoke of his desire to travel. In her poem she speaks about loss.
b. To convey information or ideas in text: Their book speaks about adopting children.
3.
a. To engage in conversation: Can we speak for a few minutes about the assignment?
b. To be friendly or willing to communicate; be on speaking terms: They are no longer speaking.
4. To deliver an address or lecture: The mayor spoke at the rally.
5.
a. To act as spokesperson: I speak for the entire staff.
b. To convey information through another person: The family spoke to the media through their trusted adviser.
6.
a. To convey a message by nonverbal means: Actions speak louder than words.
b. To give an indication or suggestion: His manners spoke of good upbringing.
c. To be appealing: His poetry speaks to one's heart.
7. To make a reservation or request. Used with for: Has anyone spoken for the last piece of pizza?
8.
a. To produce a characteristic sound: The drums spoke.
b. To give off a sound on firing. Used of guns or cannon.
v.tr.
1. To say with the voice; pronounce or utter: She spoke the words with a French accent.
2. To converse in or be able to converse in (a language): speaks German.
3. To express in words; tell: speak the truth.
4. Nautical To hail and communicate with (another vessel) at sea.
5. To convey by nonverbal means: His eyes spoke volumes.
Phrasal Verbs:
speak out
To talk freely and fearlessly, as about a public issue.
speak up
1. To speak loud enough to be audible.
2. To speak without fear or hesitation.
Idioms:
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.
speak down to
To speak condescendingly to: She never spoke down to her audience.
spoken for
Reserved or requested: Is that seat spoken for?
to speak of
Worthy of mention: There's nothing new to speak of.

[Middle English speken, from Old English sprecan, specan.]

speak′a·ble adj.
Synonyms: speak, talk, converse1, discourse
These verbs mean to express one's thoughts by uttering words. Speak and talk, often interchangeable, are the most general: "On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure" (Oscar Wilde)."If you want to talk about human experience, then let's talk about it" (Deborah Eisenberg).
Converse stresses interchange of thoughts and ideas: "With thee conversing I forget all time" (John Milton).
Discourse usually refers to formal, extended speech: "When there was nothing to say, he discoursed on the nature of silence" (Stacy Schiff).
Word History: Because English is a Germanic language, first-year German produces many moments of recognition for English speakers and several puzzles. For example, when we learn the verb sprechen, "to speak," and the noun Sprache, "speech, language," we wonder whether we lost the r or the Germans put one in. Sounds are more often lost than added in language change, and this is the case here. In Old English the verb was sprecan and the noun sprǣc, both with an r as in German (and in the other Germanic languages). The r-less forms began to appear in the south of England and became common in the 11th century; the forms with r disappeared completely by the middle of the 12th. A similar loss of r after a consonant and before a vowel occurred in the Middle English noun prang and its variant pronge, "severe pain, sharp pain." Pronge survives today as prong (of a pitchfork, for example). The plural of prang appears in a poem composed about 1400 as pangus, "sharp stabs of pain," and survives today as pang, "sharp, stabbing pain."
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

speak out

vb (intr, adverb)
1. to state one's beliefs, objections, etc, bravely and firmly
2. to speak more loudly and clearly
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.speak out - express one's opinion openly and without fear or hesitation; "John spoke up at the meeting"
declare - state emphatically and authoritatively; "He declared that he needed more money to carry out the task he was charged with"
editorialise, editorialize - insert personal opinions into an objective statement
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
Translations
يُعَبِّر عن رأيِه بِحُرِيَّه
mluvit otevřeně
nyíltan beszél
láta í sér heyra
hovoriť otvorene
dobra dobra konuşmak

w>speak out

vi (audibly) → deutlich sprechen; (= give one’s opinion)seine Meinung deutlich vertreten; to speak out in favour of somethingfür etw eintreten; to speak out against somethingsich gegen etw aussprechen
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

speak

(spiːk) past tense spoke (spouk) : past participle ˈspoken (ˈspoukən) verb
1. to say (words) or talk. He can't speak; He spoke a few words to us.
2. (often with to or (American) with) to talk or converse. Can I speak to/with you for a moment?; We spoke for hours about it.
3. to (be able to) talk in (a language). She speaks Russian.
4. to tell or make known (one's thoughts, the truth etc). I always speak my mind.
5. to make a speech, address an audience. The Prime Minister spoke on unemployment.
ˈspeaker noun
1. a person who is or was speaking.
2. (sometimes ˌloudˈspeaker) the device in a radio, record-player etc which converts the electrical impulses into audible sounds. Our record-player needs a new speaker.
ˈspeaking adjective
1. involving speech. a speaking part in a play.
2. used in speech. a pleasant speaking voice.
ˈspoken adjective
produced by speaking. the spoken word.
-spoken
speaking in a particular way. plain-spoken; smooth-spoken.
generally speaking
in general. Generally speaking, men are stronger than women.
speak for itself/themselves
to have an obvious meaning; not to need explaining. The facts speak for themselves.
speak out
to say boldly what one thinks. I feel the time has come to speak out.
speak up
to speak (more) loudly. Speak up! We can't hear you!
to speak of
worth mentioning. He has no talent to speak of.
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