What does speak mean?

Definitions for speak
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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word speak.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. talk, speak, utter, mouth, verbalize, verbaliseverb

    express in speech

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

  2. talk, speakverb

    exchange thoughts; talk with

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

  3. speak, talkverb

    use language

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

  4. address, speakverb

    give a speech to

    "The chairman addressed the board of trustees"

  5. speakverb

    make a characteristic or natural sound

    "The drums spoke"

Wiktionary

  1. speaknoun

    a low class bar, a speakeasy.

    Corporate speak; IT speak

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

  2. speaknoun

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

    Corporate speak; IT speak

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

  3. speakverb

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

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

  4. speakverb

    To have a conversation.

    It's been ages since we've spoken.

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

  5. speakverb

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

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

  6. speakverb

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

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

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

  7. speakverb

    To be able to communicate in a language.

    He speaks Mandarin fluently.

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

  8. speakverb

    To utter.

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

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

  9. speakverb

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Speakverb

    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. Speakverb

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

  3. Speakverb

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

  4. Speakverb

    to discourse; to make mention; to tell

  5. Speakverb

    to give sound; to sound

  6. Speakverb

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

  7. Speakverb

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

  8. Speakverb

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

  9. Speakverb

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

  10. Speakverb

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

  11. Speakverb

    to address; to accost; to speak to

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Speak

    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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. speak

    To communicate or voice using words language and sound from the mouth.

    They spoke clearly to discuss the creation of a unity government.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 22, 2020  

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  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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of speak in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of speak in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of speak in a Sentence

  1. Gordon Bitko:

    If this had happened five years ago, I would guess that a very, very large percentage of government employees would not be able to remotely access their systems or do anything from home, today, that's definitely not true. I can't speak to every agency, but it's far, far greater than it was.

  2. George Floyd:

    He didn't give me an opportunity to even speak, it was hard. I was trying to talk to him, but he just kept, like, pushing me off, like' I don't want to hear what you're talking about.'.

  3. Michael Semple:

    People should perhaps reassess the line which has been put about that he was leading the movement towards peace, he is the one who has presided over the movement during a period of escalation of the violence. Actions speak louder than words.

  4. Joe Biden:

    While I will not be Joe Biden, I will not be silent, i intend to speak out clearly and forcefully, to influence as much as I can where we stand as a party and where we need to go as a nation.

  5. White House:

    I'm going to let the President speak for himself, he's perfectly capable of that.

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    • A. alternate
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    • C. frantic
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