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Main Entry: speak
Pronunciation: 'spEk
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): spoke /'spOk/; spo·ken /'spO-k&n/; speak·ing
Etymology: Middle English speken, from Old English sprecan, specan; akin to Old High German sprehhan to speak, Greek spharageisthai to crackle
Date: before 12th century
intransitive verb
1 a : to utter words or articulate sounds with the ordinary voice : TALK b (1) : to express thoughts, opinions, or feelings orally (2) : to extend a greeting (3) : to be friendly enough to engage in conversation <still were not speaking after the dispute> c (1) : to express oneself before a group (2) : to address one's remarks <speak to the issue>
2 a : to make a written statement <his diaries...spoke...of his entrancement with death -- Sy Kahn> b : to use such an expression -- often used in the phrase so to speak <was at the enemy's gates, so to speak -- C. S. Forester> c : to serve as spokesperson <spoke for the whole group>
3 a : to express feelings by other than verbal means <actions speak louder than words> b : SIGNAL c : to be interesting or attractive : APPEAL <great music...speaks directly to the emotions -- A. N. Whitehead>
4 : to make a request or claim -- used with for; usually used in passive constructions <the seat was already spoken for>
5 : to make a characteristic or natural sound <all at once the thunder spoke -- George Meredith>
6 a : TESTIFY b : to be indicative or suggestive <his gold...spoke of riches in the land -- Julian Dana>
transitive verb
1 a (1) : to utter with the speaking voice : PRONOUNCE (2) : to give a recitation of : DECLAIM b : to express orally : DECLARE <free to speak their minds> c : ADDRESS, ACCOST; especially : HAIL
2 : to make known in writing : STATE
3 : to use or be able to use in speaking <speaks Spanish>
4 : to indicate by other than verbal means
5 archaic : DESCRIBE, DEPICT
- speak·able /'spE-k&-b&l/ adjective
- to speak of : worthy of mention or notice -- usually used in negative constructions <no progress to speak of>
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Pronunciation Key
\&\ as a and u in  abut
\&\ as e in kitten
\&r\ as ur and er in  further
\a\ as a in ash
\A\ as a in ace
\ä\ as o in mop
\au\ as ou in out
\ch\ as ch in chin
\e\ as e in bet
\E\ as ea in easy
\g\ as g in go
\i\ as i in hit
I\ as i in ice
\j\ as j in job
\[ng]\ as ng in sing
\O\ as o in go
\o\ as aw in law
\oi\ as oy in boy
\th\ as th in thin
\th\ as th in the
\ü\ as oo in loot
\u\ as oo in foot
\y\ as y in yet
\zh\ as si in vision

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