Speak - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |spiːk|  American pronunciation of the word speak
Brit.  |spiːk|  British pronunciation of the word speak
irregular verb:  p.t. — spoke  p.p. — spoken

verb

- express in speech (syn: mouth, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize)
- exchange thoughts; talk with (syn: talk)
- use language(syn: talk)

the prisoner won't speak
they speak a strange dialect

- give a speech to (syn: address)
- make a characteristic or natural sound

Examples

Have you two spoken since yesterday?

She and I spoke this morning.

He never speaks at the meetings.

Without speaking, she walked from the room.

They were speaking in Japanese.

When I said you were my best friend, I was speaking sincerely.

She must be speaking the truth.

Not a word was spoken between them the whole time.

He has laryngitis and can't speak.

She speaks with a Southern accent.

She spoke her mind.

English is spoken here.

I am sure she is speaking the truth.

I'll speak to the director about a pay rise for you.

The baby is learning to speak.

Phrasal verbs

speak out  — express one's opinion openly and without fear or hesitation
speak up  — express one's opinion openly and without fear or hesitation

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: speak
he/she/it: speaks
present participle: speaking
past tense: spoke
past participle: spoken
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