speak [spēk]
spoke, spoken, speaking [ME speken < OE specan, earlier sprecan, akin to Ger sprechen < IE base * sp(h)er(e)-g-, to strew, sprinkle > SPARK1, L spargere, to sprinkle: basic sense “to scatter (words)”]
1. to utter words with the ordinary voice; talk
2. to express or communicate opinions, feelings, ideas, etc. by or as by talking [speak in our behalf, actions speak louder than words]
3. to make a request or reservation (for): usually in the passive voice [a seat not yet spoken for]
4. to make a speech; deliver an address or lecture; discourse
5. to be a spokesman (for)
6. to talk with another or others; converse
7. to make or give out sound, as a gun firing or a dog barking
1. to express or make known by or as by speaking
2. to use or be able to use (a given language) in speaking
3. to utter (words) orally
4. Archaic to speak to; address
5. Archaic to declare or show to be; reveal
6. Naut. to hail (a ship)
so to speak
in a manner of speaking; that is to say
speak for itself
to be self-evident
speak out or speak up
1. to speak audibly or clearly
2. to speak freely or forcefully
speak to
to respond to, deal with, fulfill, etc. [the decision speaks to the needs of everyone involved]
speak well for
to say or indicate something favorable about
to speak of
worthy of mention [no gains to speak of]
SYN.- SPEAK and TALK are generally synonymous, but SPEAK often connotes formal address to an auditor or audience [who will speak at the dinner? ] and TALK often suggests informal colloquial conversation [we were talking at dinner ]; CONVERSE1 suggests a talking together by two or more people so as to exchange ideas and information [they are conversing in the parlor ]; DISCOURSE suggests a somewhat formal, detailed, extensive talking to another or others [she was discoursing to us on Keats ]

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