talk, speak, utter, mouth, verbalize, verbalise(verb)
express in speech
"She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize"
exchange thoughts; talk with
"We often talk business"; "Actions talk louder than words"
"the baby talks already"; "the prisoner won't speak"; "they speak a strange dialect"
give a speech to
"The chairman addressed the board of trustees"
make a characteristic or natural sound
"The drums spoke"
a low class bar, a speakeasy.
Corporate speak; IT speak
language, jargon, or terminology used uniquely in a particular environment or group.
Corporate speak; IT speak
To communicate with one's voice, to say words out loud.
To have a conversation.
It's been ages since we've spoken.
To communicate or converse by some means other than orally, such as writing or facial expressions.
To deliver a message to a group; to deliver a speech.
This evening I shall speak on the topic of correct English usage.
To be able to communicate in a language.
He speaks Mandarin fluently.
I was so surprised that I couldn't speak a word.
To communicate (some fact or feeling); to bespeak, to indicate.
Origin: From speken, from specan, alteration of earlier sprecan, from sprekanan, from spreg-. Cognate with Dutch spreken, German sprechen, Albanian shpreh.
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
to express opinions; to say; to talk; to converse
to utter a speech, discourse, or harangue; to adress a public assembly formally
to discourse; to make mention; to tell
to give sound; to sound
to convey sentiments, ideas, or intelligence as if by utterance; as, features that speak of self-will
to utter with the mouth; to pronounce; to utter articulately, as human beings
to utter in a word or words; to say; to tell; to declare orally; as, to speak the truth; to speak sense
to declare; to proclaim; to publish; to make known; to exhibit; to express in any way
to talk or converse in; to utter or pronounce, as in conversation; as, to speak Latin
to address; to accost; to speak to
Speak, published in 1999, is Laurie Halse Anderson's young adult novel that tells the story of Melinda Sordino's rape, recovery, and confession. After being raped at a party, Melinda is ostracized by her peers because she will not say why she called the police. Unable to verbalize what happened, Melinda nearly stops speaking altogether, expressing her voice through the art she produces for Mr. Freeman's class. This expression slowly helps Melinda acknowledge that she was raped, face her attacker, and recreate her identity. Speak is considered a problem novel, or trauma novel. Melinda's story is written in a diary format, consisting of a nonlinear plot and jumpy narrative that mimics the trauma she experienced. Additionally, Anderson employs intertextual symbolism in the narrative, incorporating fairy tale imagery, Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, and Maya Angelou, to further represent Melinda's trauma. Since it was published, the novel has won several awards and has been translated into sixteen languages. The book has faced censorship for the sexual content of Melinda's rape. In 2004, Jessica Sharzer directed the film adaptation, starring Kristen Stewart as Melinda.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
spēk, v.i. to utter words or articulate sounds: to say: to talk: to converse: to sound: to give expression by any means, to intimate, to hint.—v.t. to pronounce: to converse in: to address: to declare: to express by signs:—pa.t. spoke or spāke; pa.p. spō′ken.—adj. Speak′able, capable of being spoken: (Milt.) having the power of speech.—ns. Speak′-eas′y (U.S.), an illicit dram-shop, shebeen; Speak′er, one who speaks or proclaims: the person who presides in a deliberative or legislative body, as the House of Commons; Speak′ership, the office of Speaker; Speak′ing, the act of expressing ideas in words: discourse.—adj. seeming to speak: natural: used to assist the voice.—adv. Speak′ingly.—ns. Speak′ing-trum′pet, an instrument for enabling the sound of the voice to be conveyed to a greater distance; Speak′ing-tube, a tube communicating from one room to another for speaking through; Speak′ing-voice, the kind of voice used in speaking.—Speak a ship, to hail and speak to some one on board her; Speak fair, to address one in conciliatory terms; Speak for, to speak on behalf of: to be a proof of: to bespeak, engage; Speaking terms, a relationship between two persons not extending beyond the courtesy of verbal salutation, &c.; Speak of, to talk about: to mention, or to be worth mentioning; Speak one's mind, to say frankly what one thinks; Speak out, to assert boldly or loudly; Speak to, to reprove: to attest, testify to; Speak up, to speak out; Speak well for, to witness favourably to.—So to speak, as one might put it, as it were. [A.S. specan (for sprecan); Dut. spreken, Ger. sprechen.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'SPEAK' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1186
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'SPEAK' in Written Corpus Frequency: #658
Rank popularity for the word 'SPEAK' in Verbs Frequency: #85
The numerical value of SPEAK in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of SPEAK in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
They don't speak unless I speak, when I speak, they are surprised or irritated by it.
Stranger, if you passing meet me and desire to speak to me, why should you not speak to me And why should I not speak to you
Stranger, if you passing meet me and desire to speak to me, why should you not speak to me? And why should I not speak to you?
When you speak universally, it means that you speak from the Moon, you speak from the Sun, from the stars; you speak by being in every corner of the universe!
Speak to us, please. Don't only speak only about us. Don't speak only in our names, how many people in this room today are Syrian? Can I see a show of hands, please? One other person. Two other people. That's great.
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Translations for SPEAK
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- تحدث, تكلمArabic
- һөйләшеү, гәпләшеүBashkir
- гавары́ць, размо́віць, сказа́ць, размаўля́цьBelarusian
- སྐད་ཆ་བཤདTibetan Standard
- parlarCatalan, Valencian
- hovořit, mluvitCzech
- siarad, llefaruWelsh
- reden, sprechenGerman
- λέω, μιλώGreek
- hablar, mediar palabra, decirSpanish
- حرف زدنPersian
- ilmaista, keskustella, jutella, puhua, kertoa, sanoa, viestiä, pitää puheFinnish
- parler, jargonFrench
- sprekkeWestern Frisian
- bruidhinnScottish Gaelic
- falar, xergaGalician
- parlare, conversare, comunicare, gergoItalian
- 語る, 言う, 話す, しゃべるJapanese
- сөйлеу, айту, сөйлесуKazakh
- ಎನ್, ಮಾತಾಡು, ಮಾತನಾಡು, ಎನುKannada
- айтуу, сүйлөөKyrgyz
- loquor, for, dīcō, fābulor, efforLatin
- schwätzenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- မြွက်, ပြောBurmese
- yáłtiʼNavajo, Navaho
- ਬੋਲਣਾPanjabi, Punjabi
- mówić, rozmawiaćPolish
- falar, jargão, gíriaPortuguese
- pledar, tschantscharRomansh
- vorbi, discuta, comunicaRomanian
- говорить, говори́ть, разгова́риватьRussian
- hoallat, hállat, hupmatNorthern Sami
- govoriti, говоритиSerbo-Croatian
- කථා කරනවාSinhala, Sinhalese
- rozprávať, hovoriťSlovak
- buaSouthern Sotho
- tala, prata, snacka, kommunicera, konversera, tala samman, samtalaSwedish
- ҳарф заданTajik
- gürlemek, geplemek, sözlemekTurkmen
- әйтергә, сөйләшергә, сөйләргәTatar
- ئېيتماق, سۆزلىمەكUyghur, Uighur
- говори́ти, сказа́ти, розмовля́тиUkrainian
- nói chuyện, nói, nói đượcVietnamese
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