Definitions for: Speak


[v] express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize"
[v] exchange thoughts; talk with; "We often talk business"; "Actions talk louder than words"
[v] use language; "the baby talks already"; "the prisoner won't speak"; "they speak a strange dialect"
[v] give a speech to; "The chairman addressed the board of trustees"
[v] make a characteristic or natural sound; "The drums spoke"



Webster (1913) Definition: Speak, v. i. [imp. Spoke(SpakeArchaic); p. p.
Spoken(Spoke, Obs. or Colloq.); p. pr. & vb. n.
Speaking.] [OE. speken, AS. specan, sprecan; akin to
OF.ries. spreka, D. spreken, OS. spreken, G. sprechen, OHG.
sprehhan, and perhaps to Skr. sph[=u]rj to crackle, to
thunder. Cf. Spark of fire, Speech.]
1. 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.

Till at the last spake in this manner. --Chaucer.

Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth. --1 Sam. iii.
9.

2. To express opinions; to say; to talk; to converse.

That fluid substance in a few minutes begins to set,
as the tradesmen speak. --Boyle.

An honest man, is able to speak for himself, when a
knave is not. --Shak.

During the century and a half which followed the
Conquest, there is, to speak strictly, no English
history. --Macaulay.

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

Many of the nobility made themselves popular by
speaking in Parliament against those things which
were most grateful to his majesty. --Clarendon.

4. To discourse; to make mention; to tell.

Lycan speaks of a part of C[ae]sar's army that came
to him from the Leman Lake. --Addison.

5. To give sound; to sound.

Make all our trumpets speak. --Shak.

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

Thine eye begins to speak. --Shak.

To speak of, to take account of, to make mention of.
--Robynson (More's Utopia).

To speak out, to speak loudly and distinctly; also, to
speak unreservedly.

To speak well for, to commend; to be favorable to.

To speak with, to converse with. ``Would you speak with
me?'' --Shak.

Syn: To say; tell; talk; converse; discourse; articulate;
pronounce; utter.


Speak, v. t.
1. To utter with the mouth; to pronounce; to utter
articulately, as human beings.

They sat down with him upn ground seven days and
seven nights, and none spake a word unto him. --Job.
ii. 13.

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

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

It is my father;s muste To speak your deeds. --Shak.

Speaking a still good morrow with her eyes.
--Tennyson.

And for the heaven's wide circuit, let it speak The
maker's high magnificence. --Milton.

Report speaks you a bonny monk. --Sir W.
Scott.

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

And French she spake full fair and fetisely.
--Chaucer.

5. To address; to accost; to speak to.

[He will] thee in hope; he will speak thee fair.
--Ecclus.
xiii. 6.

each village senior paused to scan And speak the
lovely caravan. --Emerson.

To speak a ship (Naut.), to hail and speak to her captain
or commander.

Synonyms: address, mouth, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize

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