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speak

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.
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