Definitions for speak
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word speak.
talk, speak, utter, mouth, verbalize, verbaliseverb
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.
Etymology: From speken, from specan, alteration of earlier sprecan, from sprekanan, from spreg-. Cognate with Dutch spreken, German sprechen, Albanian shpreh.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Saul spake not any think that day. 1 Sam. xx. 26.
Mordecai had spoken good. Esth. vii. 9.
Consider of it, take advice, and speak your minds. Judges.
They sat down with him upon the ground, and none spake a word. Job ii. 13.
When divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed. Acts xix. 9.
You, from my youth,
Have known and try’d me, speak I more than truth? George Sandys.
What you keep by you, you may change and mend,
But words once spoke can never be recall’d. Edmund Waller.
Under the tropick is our language spoke,
And part of Flanders hath receiv’d our yoke. Edmund Waller.
He no where speaks it out, or in direct terms calls them substances. John Locke.
Colours speak all languages, but words are understood only by such a people or nation. Spectator.
It is my father’s musick
To speak your deeds, not little of his care
To have them recompensed. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.
If he have need of thee, he will deceive thee, smile upon thee, put thee in hope, speak thee fair, and say, what wantest thou? Ecclus xiii. 6.
Let heav’n’s wide circuit speak
The Maker’s high magnificence. John Milton.
Preterite, spake or spoke; participle passive, spoken;
Etymology: specan , Saxon; spreken, Dutch.
Speaking is nothing else than a sensible expression of the notions of the mind, by several discriminations of utterance of voice, used as signs, having by consent several determinate significancies. William Holder.
Hannah spake in her heart, only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. 1 Sam. i. 13.
Many of the nobility made themselves popular by speaking in parliament, against those things which were most grateful to his majesty, and which still passed notwithstanding their contradiction. Edward Hyde.
Thersites, though the most presumptuous Greek,
Yet durst not for Achilles’ armour speak. Dryden.
A knave should have some countenance at his friend’s request. An honest man, sir, is able to speak for himself when a knave is not. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.
The general and his wife are talking of it;
And she speaks for you stoutly. William Shakespeare, Othello.
When he had no power,
He was your enemy; still spake against
Your liberties and charters. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.
Were such things here as we do speak about?
Or have we eaten of the insane root,
That takes the reason prisoner. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
Lot went out and spake unto his sons in law. Gen. xix. 14.
The fire you speak of,
If any flames of it approach my fortunes,
I’ll quench it not with water, but with ruin. Ben Jonson.
They could never be lost, but by an universal deluge which has been spoken to already. John Tillotson, Sermons.
Lucan speaks of a part of Cæsar’s army that came to him, from the Leman-lake, in the beginning of the civil war. Addis.
Had Luther spoke up to this accusation, yet Chrysostom’s example would have been his defence. Francis Atterbury.
Make all your trumpets speak, give them all breath,
Those clam’rous harbingers of blood and death. William Shakespeare.
Thou can’st not fear us, Pompey, with thy sails,
We’ll speak with thee at sea. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.
I spake with one that came from thence,
That freely render’d me these news for true. William Shakespeare.
Nicholas was by a herald sent for to come into the great bassa; Solyman disdaining to speak with him himself. Richard Knolles.
To speak means to communicate or express oneself by using verbal or oral language. It involves the production of sounds, words, or phrases to convey thoughts, ideas, or information to others. Speaking typically involves the use of the vocal apparatus, such as the mouth, tongue, and vocal cords, to articulate words and communicate effectively.
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.]
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
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Speak is ranked #42308 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Speak surname appeared 513 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Speak.
98% or 503 total occurrences were White.
British National Corpus
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
Elegance of language may not be in the power of all of us; but simplicity and straight forwardness are. Write much as you would speak; speak as you think. If with your inferior, speak no coarser than usual; if with your superiors, no finer. Be what you say; and, within the rules of prudence, say what you are.
I am going to the United States not because I seek a confrontation with the President, but because I must fulfill my obligation to speak up on a matter that affects the very survival of my country, i intend to speak about this issue before the March 24th deadline and I intend to speak in the U.S. Congress because Congress might have an important role on a nuclear deal with Iran.
They don't speak unless I speak, when I speak, they are surprised or irritated by it.
They don’t speak no English and she don’t speak the language that they speak. It’s bad enough being incarcerated but what if you incarcerated in a foreign land where they don’t speak your language? You know how bad that is? So, that thought alone terrified me.
In Germany, they first came for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Catholic. Then they came for me -- and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.
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Translations for speak
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- 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 زدن, صحبتPersian
- 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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