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speak

speak

 
pronunciation:
spik
phrases:
speak out, speak up
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part of speech: verb
inflections: speaks, speaking, spoke, spoken
definition 1: to say words in a usual voice; talk.
Can you speak louder?
synonyms:
talk
definition 2: to give a speech.
The president will speak at our graduation.
similar words:
preach
definition 3: to be able to communicate in a certain way.
He speaks many languages.
similar words:
communicate in, pronounce
phrase: speak out
phrase: speak up
derivation: speakable (adj.)
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  • speaker1:
    a person who gives a speech.
  • speaker2:
    the part of a radio, TV, or other device where the sound comes out.
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