- enPR: spēk, IPA: /spiːk/, X-SAMPA: /spi:k/
- Rhymes: -iːk
- ( intransitive ) To communicate with one's voice, to say words out loud .
- ( intransitive ) To have a conversation .
- ( by extension ) To communicate or converse by some means other than orally, such as writing or facial expressions .
- ( intransitive ) To deliver a message to a group; to deliver a speech .
- ( transitive ) To be able to communicate in a language .
- ( transitive ) To utter .
- ( transitive ) To communicate ( some fact or feeling ); to bespeak, to indicate.
- ( informal, transitive, sometimes humorous ) To understand ( as though it were a language ) .
- articulate, talk, verbalize
- Speak v. i. [imp. Spoke ( Spake ( ) Archaic ); 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. sphūrj 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 Caesar'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.
From Middle English speken ( “to speak” ), from Old English specan ( “to speak” ), alteration of earlier sprecan ( “to speak” ), from Proto-Germanic *sprekanan ( “to speak, make a sound” ), from Proto-Indo-European *spreg- ( “to make a sound, utter, speak” ). Cognate with Dutch spreken ( “to speak” ), German sprechen ( “to speak” ), Albanian shpreh ( “to utter, voice, express” ) .
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