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      vb   , speaks, speaking, spoke, spoken  
1    to make (verbal utterances); utter (words)  
2    to communicate or express (something) in or as if in words  
I speak the truth     
3    intr   to deliver a speech, discourse, etc.  
4    tr   to know how to talk in (a language or dialect)  
he does not speak German     
5    intr   to make a characteristic sound  
the clock spoke     
6    intr   (of dogs, esp. hounds used in hunting) to give tongue; bark  
7    tr     (Nautical)   to hail and converse or communicate with (another vessel) at sea  
8    intr   (of a musical instrument) to produce a sound  
9    intr; foll by: for   to be a representative or advocate (of)  
he speaks for all the members     
10    on speaking terms   on good terms; friendly  
11    so to speak   in a manner of speaking; as it were  
12    speak one's mind   to express one's opinions frankly and plainly  
13    to speak of   of a significant or worthwhile nature  
we have had no support to speak of        (See also)        speak for       speak out       speak to       speak up  
     (Old English specan; related to Old High German spehhan, Middle High German spechten to gossip, Middle Dutch speken; see speech)  
  speakable      adj  

      suffix forming nouns  
Informal   the language or jargon of a specific group, organization, or field  
     (C20: formed on the pattern of newspeak)  
speak for  
      vb   intr, prep  
1    to speak as a representative of (other people)  
2    speak for itself   to be so evident that no further comment is necessary  
3    speak for yourself  
Informal   used as an imperative   do not presume that other people agree with you  
speak out  
      vb   intr, adv  
1    to state one's beliefs, objections, etc., bravely and firmly  
2    to speak more loudly and clearly  
speak to  
      vb   intr, prep  
1    to address (a person)  
2    to reprimand  
your father will speak to you later     
3    Formal   to give evidence of or comments on (a subject)  
who will speak to this item?     
speak up  
      vb   intr, adv  
1    to speak more loudly  
2    to state one's beliefs, objections, etc., bravely and firmly  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


1    articulate, communicate, converse, discourse, enunciate, express, make known, pronounce, say, state, talk, tell, utter, voice  
2    address, argue, declaim, deliver an address, descant, discourse, harangue, hold forth, lecture, plead, speechify, spiel     (informal)   spout  
3      (with)       of   advert to, allude to, comment on, deal with, discuss, make reference to, mention, refer to  

speak for     
act for or on behalf of, appear for, hold a brief for, hold a mandate for, represent  
speak out   , up  
1    make oneself heard, say it loud and clear, speak loudly  
2    have one's say, make one's position plain, sound off, speak one's mind, stand up and be counted  
speak to  
1    accost, address, apostrophize, direct one's words at, talk to  
2    admonish, bring to book, dress down     (informal)   lecture, rebuke, reprimand, scold, tell off     (informal)   tick off     (informal)   warn  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

respeak v.
to speak or utter again ; (poetic) to answer, to echo

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
when you act it has more impact that when you speak only
to say, pronounce, speak
ex.: The child sounded out each word out loud as she read her book.
avoid the main topic ; discuss a matter without coming to the point ; to not speak directly/frankly/bluntly about the issue
Ex: Please, stop beating around the bush and get to the point! Also: beat about the bush
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