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Dictionary Definition

speak

Verb

1 express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize" [syn: talk, utter, mouth, verbalize, verbalise]
2 exchange thoughts; talk with; "We often talk business"; "Actions talk louder than words" [syn: talk]
3 use language; "the baby talks already"; "the prisoner won't speak"; "they speak a strange dialect" [syn: talk]
4 give a speech to; "The chairman addressed the board of trustees" [syn: address]
5 make a characteristic or natural sound; "The drums spoke" [also: spoken, spoke]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • , /spiːk/, /spi:k/
  • Rhymes: -iːk

Etymology

spēcan, from earlier sprēcan

Verb

  1. To communicate with one's voice, to say words out loud.
    I was so surprised I couldn't speak.
    You're speaking too fast.
  2. To have a conversation.
    It's been ages since we've spoken.
  3. In the context of "by extension": To communicate or converse by some means other than orally, such as writing or facial expressions.
    He spoke of it in his diary
    Speak to me only with your eyes.
    I just spoke with them on IRC.
    Actions speak louder than words.
  4. To deliver a message to a group; to deliver a speech.
    This evening I shall speak on the topic of correct English usage.
  5. To be able to communicate in a language.
    I was so surprised that I couldn't speak a word.
    He speaks Mandarin fluently.

Translations

Noun

  1. language, jargon, or terminology used uniquely in a particular environment or group.
    Corporate speak; IT speak

Noun

  1. a low class bar, a speakeasy.

Translations

jargon/terminology

Anagrams

Extensive Definition

Speak can mean:
speak in Danish: Speak

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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