Definitions for SPEAKspik

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

speakspik(v.)spoke, spo•ken, speak•ing.

  1. (v.i.)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.

    Category: Computers

  8. (v.t.)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.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  13. Archaic. to speak to or with.

  14. speak for, to speak in behalf of.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  15. speak out, to express one's opinion openly and unreservedly.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  16. speak up, to speak loud enough to be heard. to speak out.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Idioms for speak:

  1. so to speak,figuratively speaking:

    We lost our shirt, so to speak.

    Category: Idiom

  2. speak well for, to be an indication or reflection of (something commendable).

    Category: Idiom

  3. to speak of,worth mentioning:

    no debts to speak of.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of speak:

bef. 900; ME speken, OE specan, var. of sprecan, c. OFris spreka, OS sprekan, OHG sprehhan



  1. 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.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Affix

Princeton's WordNet

  1. talk, speak, utter, mouth, verbalize, verbalise(verb)

    express in speech

    "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize"

  2. talk, speak(verb)

    exchange thoughts; talk with

    "We often talk business"; "Actions talk louder than words"

  3. speak, talk(verb)

    use language

    "the baby talks already"; "the prisoner won't speak"; "they speak a strange dialect"

  4. address, speak(verb)

    give a speech to

    "The chairman addressed the board of trustees"

  5. speak(verb)

    make a characteristic or natural sound

    "The drums spoke"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. speak(verb)spik

    to talk

    I'd like to speak to you for a minute.; We spoke about our plans.; Have you spoken with anyone about this?; They spoke of the fear they had felt.

  2. speakspik

    to use your voice to say sth

    I was too upset to speak.

  3. speakspik

    to have the ability to talk a particular language

    Sophie speaks French, English and Swedish.

  4. speakspik

    in general

    Generally speaking, I don't like scary movies.

  5. speakspik

    indicates you have exaggerated or expressed sth in unusual terms

    They were "business partners," so to speak.


  1. speak(Noun)

    a low class bar, a speakeasy.

    Corporate speak; IT speak

  2. speak(Noun)

    language, jargon, or terminology used uniquely in a particular environment or group.

    Corporate speak; IT speak

  3. speak(Verb)

    To communicate with one's voice, to say words out loud.

  4. speak(Verb)

    To have a conversation.

    It's been ages since we've spoken.

  5. speak(Verb)

    To communicate or converse by some means other than orally, such as writing or facial expressions.

  6. speak(Verb)

    To deliver a message to a group; to deliver a speech.

    This evening I shall speak on the topic of correct English usage.

  7. speak(Verb)

    To be able to communicate in a language.

    He speaks Mandarin fluently.

  8. speak(Verb)

    To utter.

    I was so surprised that I couldn't speak a word.

  9. speak(Verb)

    To communicate (some fact or feeling); to bespeak, to indicate.

  10. Origin: From speken, from specan, alteration of earlier sprecan, from sprekanan, from spreg-. Cognate with Dutch spreken, German sprechen, Albanian shpreh.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Speak(verb)

    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

  2. Speak(verb)

    to express opinions; to say; to talk; to converse

  3. Speak(verb)

    to utter a speech, discourse, or harangue; to adress a public assembly formally

  4. Speak(verb)

    to discourse; to make mention; to tell

  5. Speak(verb)

    to give sound; to sound

  6. Speak(verb)

    to convey sentiments, ideas, or intelligence as if by utterance; as, features that speak of self-will

  7. Speak(verb)

    to utter with the mouth; to pronounce; to utter articulately, as human beings

  8. Speak(verb)

    to utter in a word or words; to say; to tell; to declare orally; as, to speak the truth; to speak sense

  9. Speak(verb)

    to declare; to proclaim; to publish; to make known; to exhibit; to express in any way

  10. Speak(verb)

    to talk or converse in; to utter or pronounce, as in conversation; as, to speak Latin

  11. Speak(verb)

    to address; to accost; to speak to


  1. Speak

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SPEAK' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1186

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SPEAK' in Written Corpus Frequency: #658

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SPEAK' in Verbs Frequency: #85

Translations for SPEAK

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to say (words) or talk

He can't speak; He spoke a few words to us.

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