What does speak mean?

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. speak(Noun)

    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. speak(Noun)

    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. speak(Verb)

    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. speak(Verb)

    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. speak(Verb)

    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. 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.

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

  7. speak(Verb)

    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. speak(Verb)

    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. speak(Verb)

    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. 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

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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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

Anagrams for speak »

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How to pronounce speak?

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How to say speak in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Trump Jr.:

    Unlike Hunter, I actually did 30 hours of testimony. Now, the difference is, I took a 20-minute unsolicited meeting set up and paid for by the DNC. Okay? hunter takes millions from a corrupt, Ukrainian oil company. He doesnt speak Ukrainian. He knows nothing about oil or gas, but thats OK. They dont even need to hear from him, let alone get in trouble for it.

  2. Diogo Kotscho:

    In terms of communications, Neymar's big problem - and it's one common to other athletes - is his lack of empathy, he is very protected, and the people who speak for him are his dad, his mum, his sister, his girlfriend. Neymar never speaks and when he does it is via social media or in tightly controlled interview situations. Any identification with him is superficial. The priority is getting him to open up and let the public know the real Neymar.

  3. RJ Intindola – (Gandolfo):

    You are braver and more courageous than you realize; but fail to act or speak out, for fear of displeasing others; the anguish one lives for not acting instinctively, hurts more than if you acted.

  4. Abu Adel:

    When we started with the revolution, it was not about wanting Assad to leave. We just wanted changes, we wanted a chance to speak freely and we waited for the changes to happen, but those changes did not happen. And the protests moved from peaceful to military.

  5. EMEASOBA GEORGE:

    You have to be mindful of your thoughts, utterances and attitude. That is to say, do think positively, speak positively, change personally or rather act positively. For your thoughts and utterances can influence your disposition and outlook to life. In other words, they can affect your attitude or approach to life (your relationship with others) positivey or negatively and your prospect for the future as well. ~Emeasoba George

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