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speak

 
 
pronunciation:
spik
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
phrases:
so to speak, speak one's mind
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: speaks, speaking, spoke, spoken
definition 1: to utter words in one's usual voice; talk.
Can you speak more clearly?
synonyms:
talk
similar words:
articulate, pronounce
definition 2: to communicate using words and with one's voice.
I will speak with him about the matter after the meeting.He decided he would speak to his parents about his decision that evening.She often spoke of the wonderful times she'd spent with her grandparents.
synonyms:
talk
similar words:
communicate
definition 3: to deliver a speech, address, or lecture.
He will speak at our graduation.
synonyms:
declaim, lecture, talk
similar words:
discourse, harangue, orate, preach, sermonize, speechify
definition 4: to communicate a message by any means.
Her efforts speak for themselves.Her smile spoke suggestively to him.
similar words:
comment, communicate, tell
definition 5: to take part in conversation.
He interrupted as we were speaking.The two of them were speaking very intently at a table by themselves.
synonyms:
converse, talk
similar words:
chat, chew the fat, chitchat, communicate, confab, confabulate, discourse
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to say in one's usual voice.
She spoke my name.
synonyms:
say, utter
similar words:
articulate, call, pronounce, sound, state
definition 2: to communicate in.
He is able to speak German.
synonyms:
talk
similar words:
communicate in, converse in, pronounce, shape, utter
definition 3: to express.
They spoke the truth.
synonyms:
communicate, convey, express
similar words:
disclose, divulge, impart, relate, reveal, say, state, tell, voice
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phrase: so to speak
phrase: speak one's mind
derivation: speakable (adj.)
Word Builder: speak +
  • 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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  communication, language