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Definitions of speak

  1. give a speech to; " The chairman addressed the board of trustees"
  2. express in speech; " She talks a lot of nonsense"; " This depressed patient does not verbalize"
  3. make a characteristic or natural sound; " The drums spoke"
  4. exchange thoughts; talk with; " We often talk business"; " Actions talk louder than words"
  5. use language; " the baby talks already"; " the prisoner won't speak"; " they speak a strange dialect"
  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.
  7. To express opinions; to say; to talk; to converse.
  8. To utter a speech, discourse, or harangue; to adress a public assembly formally.
  9. To discourse; to make mention; to tell.
  10. To give sound; to sound.
  11. To convey sentiments, ideas, or intelligence as if by utterance; as, features that speak of self- will.
  12. To utter with the mouth; to pronounce; to utter articulately, as human beings.
  13. To utter in a word or words; to say; to tell; to declare orally; as, to speak the truth; to speak sense.
  14. To declare; to proclaim; to publish; to make known; to exhibit; to express in any way.
  15. To talk or converse in; to utter or pronounce, as in conversation; as, to speak Latin.
  16. To address; to accost; to speak to.
  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.
  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.
  19. Spoke.
  20. Spoken.
  21. Speaking.
  22. To utter words or articulate sounds: to say: to talk: to converse: to sound.
  23. To pronounce: to converse in: to address: to declare: to express by signs:- pa. t. spoke or spake; pa. p. spoken.
  24. Spoke ( old form, spake).
  25. To pronounce; converse in; address; declare.
  26. To utter words; say; talk; harangue.
  27. To utter, as a word; articulate; make known; reveal.
  28. To talk; make a speech.
  29. To utter articulately; to declare; to celebrate; to talk in; to communicate. To speak a ship, to hail and speak to her commander.
  30. To utter words or articulate sounds; to utter a speech or discourse; to talk; to dispute; to make mention of; to converse.
  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.
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Antonyms for speak

clam up, dry up, suppress, stifle, dummy up, shut up, belt up.

Quotes of speak

  1. This show has been a major revitalization of my family life and personal life. It gave my family an avenue to speak to me honestly. – Willie Aames
  2. Let your tongue speak what your heart thinks. – Davy Crockett
  3. At synods, I usually wait about a week before I speak First I listen. I feel the temperature. I listen to what has been said, what has not been said, and what I think needs to be said at that point. – Godfried Danneels
  4. I have a son, Mason, who is disabled- cerebral palsy- and he does not walk independently, sit independently or speak He uses a talking computer. I started becoming an advocate for him when he was 3 years old. – Laura San Giacomo
  5. In general, I enjoy athletes who have a strong character who let their abilities speak for themselves. – Eric Heiden
  6. People do still cheer for the President. And some of the military audiences are more likely to cheer than others. I have seen him speak lately in front of groups like Freedom House, where the applause was a long time coming. – Gwen Ifill
  7. Individuals will speak their minds, which I think is healthy. – William P. Leahy
  8. Not only is there no need of an intermediary through whom He would want you to speak to Him, but He finds His delight in having you treat with Him personally and in all confidence. – Alphonsus Liguori
  9. England is very interested as well, and other countries if I could speak the languages! – Miranda Otto
  10. Elvis said, Miss Minnie, do you think it would be out of order if I go up and speak to General Stewart? I've always been such a fan of his. So Elvis went up to speak to the Stewarts. – Minnie Pearl
  11. I love filmmaking, and I love the process. And I would rather do nothing else. It's a privilege to be able to paint such big pictures, so to speak – Bryan Singer
  12. We believe the currently one cannot speak of a revolutionary situation, just as there is no concrete possibilities of an immediate and comprehensive assumption of power by the people. – Joe Slovo
  13. Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven. – Rabindranath Tagore
  14. Dramatic experience is not logical; it may be subdued to the kind of coherence that we indicate when we speak in criticism, of form. – Allen Tate
  15. Sometimes when I'm talking, my words can't keep up with my thoughts. I wonder why we think faster than we speak Probably so we can think twice. – Bill Watterson

Usage examples for speak

  1. " But my dear-" " I'll never speak to you again if you do! – Hoofbeats on the Turnpike by Mildred A. Wirt
  2. You've heard me speak of John Lexman?" – The Clue of the Twisted Candle by Edgar Wallace
  3. But I must speak to you. – Dame Care by Hermann Sudermann
  4. Speak here, then, will you? – The Lights and Shadows of Real Life by T.S. Arthur Edition: 10 Language: English
  5. Anne did not speak – Anne Of The Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  6. You must not speak to d'Aiglemont. – The Firm of Nucingen by Honore de Balzac
  7. Speak out, you know. – A Tale of Two Cities A Story of the French Revolution by Charles Dickens
  8. She wants to say, yes, get me out, but she can only speak in the dream. – Syndrome by Thomas Hoover
  9. Want to speak to you." – A First Family of Tasajara by Bret Harte
  10. Why didn't I speak that night? – The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason
  11. We will speak no more of it." – Berlin and Sans-Souci by Louise Muhlbach
  12. Speak to them, Brookhouse. – A Summer in Leslie Goldthwaite's Life. by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  13. Oh yes, Lilly, I want to speak to you. – Star-Dust A Story of an American Girl by Fannie Hurst
  14. We must speak out now. – The Woman of Mystery by Maurice Leblanc
  15. You must not- you shall not speak to me so. – The Man and the Moment by Elinor Glyn
  16. I won't speak to you- I'll go away! – The First Distiller by Leo Tolstoy
  17. He let no one speak – Pretty Michal by Mór Jókai
  18. Why don't he speak – Cruel As The Grave by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  19. When I speak to you, I expect you to listen. – Roger Ingleton, Minor by Talbot Baines Reed
  20. Didn't you speak to him? – Middy and Ensign by G. Manville Fenn

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