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Meaning of spoken by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈspɔʊkən/
    • Rhymes: -əʊkən


    spoken ( comparative more spoken, superlative most spoken )

    1. Relating to speech
    2. Speaking in a specified way

    Derived terms

    • spokenness, unspokenness




    1. Past participle of speak


Explanation of spoken by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. uttered through the medium of speech or characterized by speech

    2. a spoken message
      the spoken language
      a soft-spoken person

    Definition of spoken by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.

    2. Spoken ( spōk'n ), a. [p. p. of Speak.]
      1. Uttered in speech; delivered by word of mouth; oral; as, “a spoken narrative; the spoken word”.

      2. Characterized by a certain manner or style in speaking; -- often in composition; as, “a pleasant-spoken man”.

      Methinks you 're better spoken. Shak.