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a speaking engagement (=one in which you give a speech)
▪ I've been turning down speaking engagements to concentrate on writing my memoirs.
a speaking part (=one in which you have some words to say)
▪ I had hoped to be given a speaking part.
appear/play/speak at a festival (=perform at a festival)
▪ Sting is scheduled to appear at a festival in Amsterdam next month.
Broadly speaking
Broadly speaking, there are four types of champagne.
Comparatively speaking
Comparatively speaking, this part of the coast is still unspoiled.
figuratively speaking –
▪ They have a taste – figuratively speaking – for excitement.
manage to smile/speak/laugh etc
▪ ‘Why do you hate me so much?’ he managed to say.
properly speakingBritish English (= really)
▪ It isn’t, properly speaking, a real science.
public speaking
▪ a fear of public speaking
roughly speaking (=used when saying something without giving exact details or information)
▪ Roughly speaking, I’d say we need about $500.
say/speak a word
▪ She said the words ‘my husband’ in a firm voice.
say/speak/reply etc coldly
▪ ‘Well, what can I do for you?’ he asked coldly.
speak a language
▪ Can you speak a foreign language?
speak from experience
▪ The miners spoke from experience about the dangers of their work.
speak the lingo
▪ I’d like to go to Greece, but I don’t speak the lingo.
speak the truth
▪ He always spoke the truth, whether it was popular or not.
speak with an accent
▪ She spoke with an accent that I couldn’t understand.
speak/talk in whispers
▪ They spoke in quick, urgent whispers.
talk to/speak to a lawyer (=for advice)
▪ Have you spoken to a lawyer?
talk/speak (to sb) on the phone
▪ We talk on the phone every day.
▪ We spoke earlier on the phone, if you remember.
talk/speak to the press
▪ He is reluctant to talk to the press.
talk/speak/write etc freely
▪ In France he could write freely, without fear of arrest.
▪ We went outside so that we could talk freely without being overheard.
think/speak highly of sb
▪ I’ve always thought very highly of Michael.
▪ Black leaders will refrain from hammering at the issue out of an uneasiness at speaking about intergenerational oppression.
▪ Another early romance, which Kylie has often spoken about, was with the infamous Grant.
▪ We do not need to speak about who has won and who has lost.
▪ Yes, this now celebrated affair, which I've not spoken about before, did actually happen.
▪ I spoke about my frustrations, about not being able to read socialist and feminist books and magazines.
▪ The lovely place in the mountains that you spoke about?
▪ After a momentary silence, the President spoke again.
▪ And just as I turned she spoke again.
▪ When Rose had lifted the cup and sipped, Miss Poole spoke again ill Swaluli.
▪ How can we ever speak again?
▪ Although he and I have seen each other at public events, we have never to this day spoken again.
▪ He didn't speak again and shortly afterwards became unconscious.
▪ Now, Harper Lee speaks again, but again only briefly.
▪ To summarize, broadly speaking there are three main categories of such patients. 1.
▪ Moral freedom is, broadly speaking, the possession of the ability t choose either good or evil.
▪ They mean, broadly speaking, that the talk is less formal.
▪ The Far East is broadly speaking a tropical and sub-tropical world.
▪ Each frame of reference is constructed largely through cultural influences. Broadly speaking there are four possible approaches: Isolation.
▪ So, any systematic extension of Saussurean concepts may, broadly speaking, be regarded as structuralist.
▪ The same, broadly speaking, can be done with plants.
▪ Why do people not just speak directly and say what they mean?
▪ This smallest of lawyers speaks directly, quickly.
▪ Later she spoke directly to Rachel.
▪ Telephone a few days later and ask to speak directly with the director, using the techniques described above.
▪ Although they never spoke directly of Lachlan, each knew the other's mind; though not as well as she believed.
▪ Dole spoke directly about his age, saying 73 years of life are not a liability.
▪ There are a variety of ways of defeating a proposal other than directly speaking against it.
▪ This is, however, a book that speaks directly to the home cook looking for new challenges and tastes.
▪ Thus the importance of coinage for our understanding of the past diminishes, generally speaking, the more up to date we come.
▪ People living in a family need to know, generally speaking, who will do what and when it will happen.
▪ He spoke generally of the problems of rural areas and less-favoured areas.
▪ Progress would enhance the wealth of those who, generally speaking, were already rich but not that of the masses.
▪ If you use straw as bedding for farm animals, generally speaking you improve the welfare of those animals.
▪ But generally speaking, champions are built from something more.
▪ But generally speaking, the availability of landfill space is more a matter of politics than geology.
▪ By Lyle Jackson Quality check for the kitchen GENERALLY speaking, you get what you pay for in a kitchen.
▪ But there are other difficulties on Golding's island which are never spoken of on Ballantyne's like the need for food.
▪ He never spoke to either of the Harrisons again, nor they to him.
▪ He was extremely rude to a lot of people, some of whom vowed they would never speak to him again.
▪ A., all strangers to me, beloved by her but oddly never spoken of.
▪ Dot wears dotted outfits and never speaks.
▪ These were words never spoken before by any of the House of Atreus.
▪ Tom never spoke much to Gary.
▪ Sometimes he was very temperamental-really fiery then again he would stand at the side of the house for hours and never speak.
▪ The latter speak out on behalf of the poor, women, our fellow creatures and the environment.
▪ Tom Cruise was first to speak out, his voice appearing over the first scenes of the crash site.
▪ Reporters and producers have a public duty to speak out if their vision of truth is suppressed by government appointees.
▪ Management still made the decisions, but it gave employees an opportunity to speak out that they never had before.
▪ Should I then speak out and invite martyrdom?
▪ It was against this first flush of a comprehensive modern worldview that the Romantics spoke out.
▪ Then I think he ought to be in politics, speaking out, or be a teacher or writer.
▪ Although normally quietly spoken, he would be most courageous in facing hostility in discussion, even from large groups of people.
▪ Sadlowski spoke quietly, moderately, as if he was the statesman and not McBride.
▪ Miklós, in his middle fifties, is a tall, quietly spoken but imposing figure, very self-possessed.
▪ She was speaking quietly, and there were screams in the background, along with the unmistakable sound of children crying.
▪ They spoke quietly, deliberated over the menu and drank their wine in sips, like dipping birds.
▪ Father and Edna spoke quietly about the park, the tourists, and mentioned some veterans' gatherings and the World Series.
▪ The man spoke quietly to the horse, soothing it.
▪ Horowitz had spoken quietly, the words spaced out.
▪ He is shy and softly spoken but supremely confident in his ability.
▪ Once the driver spoke softly with several others, but we could not make out the words.
▪ Liu Xiuqin smiled slightly and appeared to be speaking softly to herself.
▪ Speak softly and carry a big teddy bear.
▪ Even so, Nicholas spoke softly and Mark had to lean forward to hear.
▪ When he brought her breakfast, he lingered and spoke softly to her through the bars.
▪ He speaks softly and very reflectively, with few flights of passion.
▪ She ate soft food, spoke softly, with a slight huskiness, a sexiness.
▪ Work on the floor if necessary. Strictly speaking all fabrics should be cut on the straight grain.
▪ It is, strictly speaking, conferred by the Constitution.
▪ They too join in, even though, strictly speaking, they weren't invited.
▪ In the churchyard tonight well, tomorrow morning strictly speaking.
▪ The Demoiselles is not, strictly speaking, a Cubist painting.
▪ Some she knew to speak to, others she didn't know at all.
▪ The girl she spoke to was as nice as pie.
▪ The policeman he spoke to stood with his hands on his hips, had grey hair showing beneath his peaked cap.
▪ Casual staff we spoke to said they were aware of the allegations, but considered them unfounded.
▪ All the cafe owners we spoke to insisted they've never seen cars parked on the carriageway.
▪ Just speak when spoken to, that's all.
▪ The girls I spoke to rarely discussed their problems at school with their parents.
▪ Not one of the many East Berliners I spoke to at several crossing points said they meant to stay in the West.
▪ She speaks with a London accent, though her father knows the Royal Family.
▪ His haughty manner and refined speech had gone, and he spoke with the same accent as the sergeant.
▪ Margy comes from Newcastle and speaks with a Geordie accent.
▪ He spoke with an upper-class accent, and Margaret realized his face was vaguely familiar.
▪ He was wearing a green suit and spoke with a local accent.
▪ Dialects are spoken with pronounced regional accents.
▪ The victim was forced to hand over his watch to the youths, who spoke with southern accents.
▪ She continued: They didn't speak with Oxford accents.
▪ Your body language will speak volumes about your happy state. 4 Inhibition decreases.
▪ This is a further indication of the influence of bookish language on the spoken style.
▪ First, they help to unlock the immanent structure of the legal language spoken in a specific arena.
▪ In this case you may want to analyse the language as well as learn to speak it.
▪ Soussou, Manika and six other local languages widely spoken.
▪ I knew he would never take on students in a language he did not speak.
▪ When I speak, language speaks.
▪ He spoke his mind and he rarely smiled, and he was getting, at best, a C from me.
▪ There are more ways of showing disapproval than by speaking your mind.
▪ What does one say in a culture that hesitates to speak its mind?
▪ The company insists Vinik spoke his mind at the time comments were made and he simply changed his opinions.
▪ They reflect a tough tradition among rural women of shouldering a heavy economic burden and speaking their mind.
▪ She also intends to speak her mind.
▪ He turned back towards me, opened his mouth to speak and was gone.
▪ It was as if eyes sent messages that the mouth dared not speak lest the words put lives in danger.
▪ He opens his mouth to speak.
▪ He opened his mouth to speak, but saw the corpse stretched before him and shut it.
▪ That was what his eyes asked, while his mouth spoke hollow questions.
▪ And when she opens her mouth to speak, the words come out in the honeyed tones of the trained singer.
▪ He opened his mouth to speak but Carrie had turned.
▪ His cigar was stuck in the corner of his mouth as he spoke.
▪ She spoke with her tongue and lips, and not her face.
▪ They prance about with their eyes closed, speaking in tongues.
▪ If you spoke in tongues you were baptized by the Spirit, if you did not you were not.
▪ I could have levitated, spoken in tongues and changed the Perrier into Dom Perignon.
▪ The first time I ever heard anyone speak in tongues I found it strange, fascinating, and a little frightening.
▪ She begged, Who are you, sufferer, that speak the truth To one who suffers?
▪ Sylvie had raved, raved with that undertow of intensity which always made her seem to be speaking the truth.
▪ Chen knew I spoke the truth.
▪ I speak the truth, yes?
▪ It was Arab feminists who insisted on speaking aloud the oldest truths, bringing upon themselves the most ferocious repressions.
▪ He spoke the truth but not until it had been subjected to the most stringent test - himself!
▪ Every lawyer who has ever defended a criminal case knows he speaks the truth.
▪ Dimly she heard Luke's terse voice as he spoke.
▪ Their voices rang instead of speaking.
▪ His voice thickened as he spoke, his eyes shone.
▪ She could hear a lot of noise in the background before a voice spoke.
▪ A mechanical voice spoke the number back to him and announced that it had been disconnected.
▪ Her own disembodied voice, speaking.
▪ The official raised his voice and began to speak even more rapidly, pointing to the girl.
▪ He was glowing like an altar-candle as he spoke, and the words presented themselves like gifts.
▪ After retrieving the chalice she sat at a table in her living room and began to speak the words.
▪ There are no spoken words, though.
▪ Seized for a moment by the power of prophesy, Caledor spoke words that would ring down the ages.
▪ Other symptoms of dyslexia can include difficulty in writing, calculating or even understanding the spoken word.
▪ I knew she knew me, though she never spoke word, never, night-long.
▪ He showed a little smile, as if only the spoken word might perk his interest.
▪ Fenella began to speak at exactly the same moment that Pumlumon began to intone the Draoicht Suan.
▪ At first, Jenny could not speak. when she began to speak again, her boisterous laughter was gone.
▪ He lay down once more upon the bench and, his lungs filled with a crush of flower essence, began to speak.
▪ He was painfully deliberate as he began to speak.
▪ The large breathing thing out there began to speak.
▪ The man began to speak and it was Silver's voice.
▪ The Prime Minister belched into a lace handkerchief and began speaking over the slow chanting of his name.
▪ Then, after a pause, I heard him speak again-but he was no longer addressing his words to me.
▪ Some of those present say they too have heard this story and speak of what they know.
▪ I was ready for such reactions, because I had heard them whenever I spoke on the topic.
▪ She had never heard Louise speak in this tone of voice before.
▪ Here he speaks to others and clearly intends them to hear.
▪ His brown eyes seemed to be saying things again, things she wanted to hear him speak.
▪ I went about as if in a trance, speaking to no one, not hearing when anyone spoke to me.
(there's) many a true word spoken in jest
actions speak louder than words
▪ As ever, though, actions speak louder than words.
▪ In any event the user's opinion of a product is reflected in the standard achieved so actions speak louder than words.
▪ In the kitchen, actions speak louder than words.
▪ On this playing field, actions speak louder than words.
be spoken for
▪ But all of the money is spoken for.
▪ Contest ends when all tickets are spoken for.&.
▪ Most of your capital is spoken for, and the creditors are closing in.
▪ Though they were spoken for my benefit, I could not be assumed to share the same norms.
▪ When the words were spoken for the third time, however, the divorce was irrevocable.
generally speaking
Generally speaking, older people are less able to speak up for their rights.
▪ But generally speaking, champions are built from something more.
▪ But, generally speaking, the economy had by 1937 recovered to the level reached before the Depression started in 1929.
▪ By s.4 land generally speaking is not property which can be stolen.
▪ If you use straw as bedding for farm animals, generally speaking you improve the welfare of those animals.
▪ People living in a family need to know, generally speaking, who will do what and when it will happen.
▪ Progress would enhance the wealth of those who, generally speaking, were already rich but not that of the masses.
▪ They are, generally speaking, the most expensive type.
▪ Well the gay population usually tips much better, generally speaking.
in a manner of speaking
▪ The illustrations make dinosaurs come alive, in a manner of speaking.
▪ And he is faithful to her in a manner of speaking.
▪ For all men are eggs, in a manner of speaking.
▪ The stolen flowers had been, in a manner of speaking, restored.
▪ Well, in a manner of speaking.
put a spoke in sb's wheel
relatively speaking
Relatively speaking, land prices in Ventura are still pretty cheap.
▪ And if everything is expanding, at the same time, then relatively speaking it must remain the same size.
▪ Children can handle pressure in areas where they are, relatively speaking, strong.
speak in tongues
▪ Hearing people in the church speak in tongues fascinated me.
▪ And, for the first time in eighteen years, she spoke in tongues.
▪ He seems transformed, as though he is speaking in tongues.
▪ If you spoke in tongues you were baptized by the Spirit, if you did not you were not.
▪ Nor did he invent that particularly intense expression of yearning called speaking in tongues.
▪ Teenage girls returned from that camp with stories of speaking in tongues and exorcising evil spirits.
▪ The first time I ever heard anyone speak in tongues I found it strange, fascinating, and a little frightening.
▪ They prance about with their eyes closed, speaking in tongues.
▪ When he is speaking in tongues, the pattern is always the same.
speak of the devil
speak the Queen's English
speak with authority
▪ And after 43 years in the industry the managing director of Regional Railways speaks with authority.
▪ He has spoken with authority on other transport-related Bills.
▪ He spoke with authority and she trusted him.
speak with forked tongue
▪ The governor has been known to speak with forked tongue.
speak with one voice
▪ It became extraordinarily difficult for them to speak with one voice on critical issues.
▪ Salomon Brothers was speaking with one voice, and it was loud.
▪ This has already raised fears among foreign governments that the administration is not speaking with one voice on vital international issues.
▪ Where Clinton speaks with one voice, they speak with several, weakening their philosophical case.
speak/ask/answer etc directly
▪ Although they never spoke directly of Lachlan, each knew the other's mind; though not as well as she believed.
▪ Dole spoke directly about his age, saying 73 years of life are not a liability.
▪ Even when asked directly, as they were by Carol Hong, employees misrepresented the costs, her lawsuit alleges.
▪ In fact, a Harvard spokesman confirmed her admittance only when asked directly.
▪ Later she spoke directly to Rachel.
▪ They seem to speak directly out of the dark into your ears or mine alone.
▪ This is, however, a book that speaks directly to the home cook looking for new challenges and tastes.
▪ When asked directly what were their visions of Howdendyke's future, interviewees made fairly consistent replies.
speak/talk out of turn
▪ I hope I'm not speaking out of turn, but I don't think this is the best way to proceed.
▪ Also this week: Ben and Mandy talk out of turn while Luke is listening.
▪ Captain Steve Waugh had sharp words with Buchanan, telling him he had spoken out of turn.
▪ He enjoys talking out of turn.
speak/think well of sb
▪ Uncle Brian always thought well of you.
▪ Ensure they speak well of us rather than denigrate us to their friends.
▪ If they did this particularly well, analysts were thought well of by their bosses.
▪ Instead, we were awkward and seething-which didn't encourage scouts, barbers or anyone to speak well of us.
▪ It was important to him to know this, because he wanted her to think well of him.
▪ She speaks well of you, and I am uneasy.
▪ The Newleys' acquaintances spoke well of the dead in order to think ill of the living.
▪ Why was it so important to her whether I thought well of her or not?
spoken English/language etc
▪ At 2 years of age, children begin to master spoken language, a system of arbitrary signs.
▪ For this reason, spoken language interpreters are specifically trained to reject the effects of their utterance of the target language.
▪ In normal spoken language there are often clear pragmatic constraints on the choice of particular syntactic forms.
▪ In order of their emergence, they are deferred imitation, symbolic play, drawing, mental imagery, and spoken language.
▪ Neologisms come and go very quickly in spoken language but tend to be less frequent in writing.
▪ Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore have found that testosterone aids spatial thinking, but interferes with performance of spoken language.
▪ The purpose was to show that he too used spoken language and that it and Tarvarian were mutually incomprehensible.
▪ The same arguments apply to children's spoken language.
strictly speaking
Strictly speaking, spiders are not insects, although most people think they are.
▪ However, strictly speaking it is not a number but a physical quantity with units of mol-1.
▪ It is, strictly speaking, conferred by the Constitution.
▪ Neither is an inflection of the other, so strictly speaking their differing linguistic origin should dictate separate indices.
▪ Neither the input nor the output of a Turing machine can, strictly speaking, be an infinite decimal.
▪ Not strictly speaking, because the wedding was in a register office, and you don't have a best man.
▪ That, he said, was, strictly speaking, inconceivable.
▪ This was not strictly speaking true.
▪ Where there is such an approved standard it is, strictly speaking not mandatory for the manufacturer to comply with it.
talk/speak in riddles
▪ She is described by the Argive elders as speaking in riddles because they fail to understand her predictions.
▪ She talked in comparisons, she spoke in riddles.
▪ She wished people wouldn't talk in riddles.
▪ When Tweedledum and Tweedledee talk to Alice they are almost talking in riddles.
the facts speak for themselves
▪ She obviously knows what she's doing - the facts speak for themselves.
▪ Autoseeker speaks to the thief - the facts speak for themselves.
▪ Concerning investigation into the conditions endured by animals in laboratories, the facts speak for themselves.
▪ In such a case the purchaser may plead res ipsa loquitur - the facts speak for themselves.
▪ Mark answered in the traditional matter-of-fact manner, parading all the relevant factors and letting the facts speak for themselves.
the spoken word
▪ But the power of X-Clan is not the spoken word.
▪ During secondary education, the use of the spoken word increases.
▪ Hal could do this when necessary, but most of his communication with his shipmates was by means of the spoken word.
▪ He showed a little smile, as if only the spoken word might perk his interest.
▪ Large halls ideal for music can be too reverberant for the spoken word.
▪ Other symptoms of dyslexia can include difficulty in writing, calculating or even understanding the spoken word.
▪ The most important bias of dictionaries is to the written rather than the spoken word.
think/speak ill of sb
▪ The candidates clearly did not want to speak ill of each other during the campaign.
▪ But she never speaks ill of anyone.
▪ He spoke ill of me to his friends.
▪ I know speaking ill of the dead and all that.
▪ Surely it is better to speak ill of the dead than of the living.
▪ The Newleys' acquaintances spoke well of the dead in order to think ill of the living.
▪ You wish to think all the world respectable, and are hurt if I speak ill of any body.
Speaking to Congress, the President appealed for cooperation in dealing with the sagging economy.
▪ Ambassador Simons has been asked to speak at the dinner.
▪ At the convention Ford spoke on immigration and social issues.
▪ Can you speak up? -- I can't hear you.
▪ Don't interrupt me when I'm speaking.
▪ Elaine speaks Spanish and Russian.
▪ He doesn't speak a word of French.
▪ How old are babies when they learn to speak?
▪ I've been invited to speak at the party's annual convention.
▪ I spoke to a few people at the party who knew him.
▪ Is there anyone here who can speak Arabic?
▪ Nadia speaks six languages.
▪ Sean didn't speak the whole time we were in the car.
▪ She was too nervous to speak.
▪ The brothers haven't spoken since the funeral.
▪ There's a man from the Times on the phone who wants to speak to you.
▪ Who are they getting to speak at this year's graduation ceremony?
▪ Don said he would be, but to please wait until after the Super Bowl to speak with him.
▪ I had spoken with other newspaper executives, too, on that day.
▪ People we spoke to were undecided.
▪ She mumbled something and Dove asked her to speak up.
▪ The shamans explain that, at that point, they begin to speak to the dolphins mind to mind.
▪ When both parties cease to speak you have hit deadlock - wrong!
▪ Why do people not just speak directly and say what they mean?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Speak \Speak\, v. i. [imp. Spoke( SpakeArchaic); p. p. Spoken( Spoke, Obs. or Colloq.); p. pr. & vb. n. Speaking.] [OE. speken, AS. specan, sprecan; akin to OF.ries. spreka, D. spreken, OS. spreken, G. sprechen, OHG. sprehhan, and perhaps to Skr. sph[=u]rj to crackle, to thunder. Cf. Spark of fire, Speech.]

  1. To utter words or articulate sounds, as human beings; to express thoughts by words; as, the organs may be so obstructed that a man may not be able to speak.

    Till at the last spake in this manner.

    Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth.
    --1 Sam. iii. 9.

  2. To express opinions; to say; to talk; to converse.

    That fluid substance in a few minutes begins to set, as the tradesmen speak.

    An honest man, is able to speak for himself, when a knave is not.

    During the century and a half which followed the Conquest, there is, to speak strictly, no English history.

  3. To utter a speech, discourse, or harangue; to adress a public assembly formally.

    Many of the nobility made themselves popular by speaking in Parliament against those things which were most grateful to his majesty.

  4. To discourse; to make mention; to tell.

    Lycan speaks of a part of C[ae]sar's army that came to him from the Leman Lake.

  5. To give sound; to sound.

    Make all our trumpets speak.

  6. To convey sentiments, ideas, or intelligence as if by utterance; as, features that speak of self-will.

    Thine eye begins to speak.

    To speak of, to take account of, to make mention of.
    --Robynson (More's Utopia).

    To speak out, to speak loudly and distinctly; also, to speak unreservedly.

    To speak well for, to commend; to be favorable to.

    To speak with, to converse with. ``Would you speak with me?''

    Syn: To say; tell; talk; converse; discourse; articulate; pronounce; utter.


Speak \Speak\, v. t.

  1. To utter with the mouth; to pronounce; to utter articulately, as human beings.

    They sat down with him upn ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him.
    --Job. ii. 13.

  2. To utter in a word or words; to say; to tell; to declare orally; as, to speak the truth; to speak sense.

  3. To declare; to proclaim; to publish; to make known; to exhibit; to express in any way.

    It is my father;s muste To speak your deeds.

    Speaking a still good morrow with her eyes.

    And for the heaven's wide circuit, let it speak The maker's high magnificence.

    Report speaks you a bonny monk.
    --Sir W. Scott.

  4. To talk or converse in; to utter or pronounce, as in conversation; as, to speak Latin.

    And French she spake full fair and fetisely.

  5. To address; to accost; to speak to.

    [He will] thee in hope; he will speak thee fair.
    --Ecclus. xiii.

  6. each village senior paused to scan And speak the lovely caravan.

    To speak a ship (Naut.), to hail and speak to her captain or commander.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English specan, variant of sprecan "to speak, utter words; make a speech; hold discourse (with others)" (class V strong verb; past tense spræc, past participle sprecen), from Proto-Germanic *sprek-, *spek- (cognates: Old Saxon sprecan, Old Frisian spreka, Middle Dutch spreken, Old High German sprehhan, German sprechen "to speak," Old Norse spraki "rumor, report"), from PIE root *spreg- (1) "to speak," perhaps identical with PIE root *spreg- (2) "to strew," on notion of speech as a "scattering" of words.\n

\nThe -r- began to drop out in Late West Saxon and was gone by mid-12c., perhaps from influence of Danish spage "crackle," also used in a slang sense of "speak" (compare crack (v.) in slang senses having to do with speech, such as wisecrack, cracker, all it's cracked up to be). Elsewhere, rare variant forms without -r- are found in Middle Dutch (speken), Old High German (spehhan), dialectal German (spächten "speak").\n

\nNot the primary word for "to speak" in Old English (the "Beowulf" author prefers maþelian, from mæþel "assembly, council," from root of metan "to meet;" compare Greek agoreuo "to speak, explain," originally "speak in the assembly," from agora "assembly").


c.1300, "talk, speech," from speak (v.). Survived in Scottish English and dialect, but modern use in compounds probably is entirely traceable to Orwell (see Newspeak).


n. language, jargon, or terminology used uniquely in a particular environment or group. vb. (context intransitive English) To communicate with one's voice, to say words out loud.

  1. v. express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize" [syn: talk, utter, mouth, verbalize, verbalise]

  2. exchange thoughts; talk with; "We often talk business"; "Actions talk louder than words" [syn: talk]

  3. use language; "the baby talks already"; "the prisoner won't speak"; "they speak a strange dialect" [syn: talk]

  4. give a speech to; "The chairman addressed the board of trustees" [syn: address]

  5. make a characteristic or natural sound; "The drums spoke"

  6. [also: spoken, spoke]


SPEAK can refer to:

  • SPEAK (test), spoken-English proficiency test
  • SPEAK campaign, British animal rights campaign

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Speak (Anderson novel)

Speak, published in 1999, is a young adult novel by Laurie Halse Anderson that tells the story of high school freshman Melinda Sordino. After accidentally busting an end-of-summer party due to an unnamed incident, Melinda is ostracized by her peers because she will not say why she called the police. Unable to verbalize what happened, Melinda nearly stops speaking altogether, expressing her voice through the art she produces for Mr. Freeman's class. This expression slowly helps Melinda acknowledge what happened, face her problems, and recreate her identity.

''Speak '' is considered a problem novel, or trauma novel. Melinda's story is written in a diary format, consisting of a nonlinear plot and jumpy narrative that mimics the trauma she experienced. Additionally, Anderson employs intertextual symbolism in the narrative, incorporating fairy tale imagery, Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, and Maya Angelou, to further represent Melinda's trauma.

Since it was published, the novel has won several awards and has been translated into sixteen languages. The book has faced censorship for the mature content explicit in it. In 2004, Jessica Sharzer directed the film adaptation, starring Kristen Stewart as Melinda.

Speak (film)

Speak is a 2004 American independent drama based on the award-winning novel of the same name by Laurie Halse Anderson. It stars Kristen Stewart as Melinda Sordino, a high school freshman who practically stops talking after being raped by a senior student. The film is told through Melinda's eyes and is wrought with her sardonic humor and blunt honesty. It was broadcast on Showtime and Lifetime in 2005 after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004.

Speak (Lindsay Lohan album)

Speak is the debut studio album by American actress and singer-songwriter Lindsay Lohan. It was released in the United States on December 7, 2004 by Casablanca Records. The album was the first high-seller from Casablanca Records in several years, selling 1,000,000 units in the United States.

The album received mainly negative reviews, with critics commenting that Lohan "isn't a bad singer, but not an extraordinary singer either." In the United States the album peaked at number four on the Billboard 200, selling 261,762 copies in its first week. In Germany the album debuted at the #53 position and took four weeks to complete its chart run.

The first two singles from Speak, " Rumors" and " Over", were both successes, with "Over" topping the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles where it stayed for three weeks. The song also did well internationally in countries such as Australia, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. "Rumors" peaked at #6 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and also did well in Australia and Germany, where it reached #14. The music video for "Rumors" was nominated for "Best Pop Video" at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards. Both songs received heavy airplay on MTV's Total Request Live. The final single, " First", was released to help promote Lohan's film, Herbie: Fully Loaded. The song earned small success in Australia and Germany. Lohan promoted the album by performing the songs in a number of live appearances. Plans for a tour in Taiwan were planned, but were later scrapped.

Speak (Godsmack song)

"Speak" is a single by the metal band Godsmack from their fourth album IV. It reached number one on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart and number ten on the Modern Rock chart.

Speak (Hungarian rapper)

Tamás Deák (born May 31, 1976,) better known by his stage nameSpeak, is a rap artist, model and actor based in Hungary. He gained considerable fame after the music video for his 2003 anti-war song, "Stop the War", became popularized through video sharing websites. Speak currently lives in London, England.

Speak (disambiguation)
Speak (The Roches album)

Speak is a 1989 album by The Roches. The album features two singles which had accompanied videos, "Big Nuthin'" and "Everyone Is Good". Another track, "Nocturne", was featured in the 1988 film Crossing Delancey, which the trio did the soundtrack for and featured Suzzy Roche as the best friend of Amy Irving's character in the movie.

Speak (Jimmy Needham album)

Speak is the first major studio album from the contemporary Christian music musician, Jimmy Needham. It was released on August 15, 2006 under Inpop Records in the United States.

Hamilton Loomis appeared as a guest on the album, playing guitar, bass and harmonica.

Speak (band)

Speak (stylized SPEAK) is a synthpop band from Austin, Texas formed in 2008. The band consists of Troupe Gammage ( keyboard and lead vocals), Nick Hurt ( guitar and vocals), Joey Delahoussaye ( bass and vocals), and Jake Stewart ( drums). The band released their debut single Carrie in 2011, and their debut album I Believe In Everything in late 2011.

Speak (Hall novel)

Speak is a 2015 novel by Louisa Hall. It is her second novel, after The Carriage House. The novel was well received. The novel was inspired by a story in the New York Times.

SPEAK (test)

The Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK) is an oral test developed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The SPEAK test continues to be administered to non-native English speakers, though it is no longer supported by ETS. No new versions of this test exist. The test aims to evaluate the examinee's proficiency in spoken English; however, most academic institutions recognize that it is limited in that capacity, and have therefore abandoned using it. It is usually taken as a professional certification, especially for graduate teaching assistants in the American college and university system, who are often required to hold office hours and converse in English with students. It is also used in the medical profession, where communication with patients is required. The SPEAK test has been routinely criticized for not accurately testing how a speaker will perform in the real world, in part because it is administered by recording the individual speaking into a recording device rather than speaking to a person. The SPEAK test has also been criticized for using native speaker norms to judge non-native speakers. In fact, independent audits of the SPEAK test conducted in 2012 on some of the few institutions found to still administer this test revealed that the assessment standards provided by ETS were not even being used by the assessors. In fact, in some cases, the assessors of the test were not trained in any way to conduct the assessments, and were found to be assigning arbitrary grades to the candidates. Some of the raters audited were found to be non-native speakers of English with limited functional spoken grammar.

The SPEAK test is no longer offered at most academic institutions. However, some institutions still recognize the SPEAK test for enrollment in certain degree programs where the proficiency of an individual's spoken English is deemed to be the priority.

The SPEAK test is very similar to the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and is in fact a form of the TSE developed for institutions by using retired forms of the TSE.

The SPEAK test is no longer supported by ETS. There are no new versions of this test being produced. In fact, there may only be a few versions of the test still in existence. Therefore, academic institutions and other agencies that would recognize this test as a valid assessment of an individual's capabilities in spoken English should be aware that this test highly susceptible to fraud. Versions of the test that may still be in use by academic institutions administering this test are compromised, and it is highly likely that people with results from this test have had the opportunity to take exactly the same test multiple times.

ETS developed the four skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) TOEFL iBT test. The Speaking section of the TOEFL is not available separately from the other sections, but institutions wishing to test speaking skills only may want to use the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) Speaking Test, also developed by ETS and available as a stand-alone assessment.

Speak (No-Man album)

Speak is a compilation album consisting of previously obscure material by British Art rock band No-Man. Originally, recorded between 1988 and 1989, the songs were re-mixed and re-sung in 1999 (during the band's sessions for Returning Jesus). The songs had only been released on compact cassette earlier in the band's history.

Snapper Music's 2005 reissue of Speak adds the bonus track "The Hidden Art of Man Ray" (an untreated improvisation from 1988). The track also appears as a second disc on the limited edition of Tonefloat's vinyl release of Speak.

" Pink Moon" is a Nick Drake cover from his album of the same name.

Speak (Unix)

speak was a Unix utility that used a predefined set of rules to turn a file of English text into phoneme data compatible with a Federal Screw Works (later Votrax) model VS4 "Votrax" Speech Synthesizer. It was first included in Unix v3 and possibly later ones, with the OS-end support files and help files persisting until v6. As of late 2011, the original source code for speak, and portions of speak.m (which is generated from speak.v) were discovered. At least three versions of the man page are known to still exist.

The main program (speak) was around 4500 bytes, the rule tables (/etc/speak.m) were around 11000 bytes, and the table viewer (speakm) was around 1900 bytes.

Usage examples of "speak".

Holy Tribunal presented Galileo its draft text of an abjuration for him to speak aloud.

That is the fidelity of a woman speaking, for Sier Valence has already said that he has abjured his oaths for the sake of this woman, and she does not deny it.

His sight, which had troubled him at intervals, became affected, and a celebrated oculist spoke of abnormality, asymetry of the pupils.

Children who at the babbling stage are not exposed to the sounds of actual speech may not develop the ability to speak later, or do so to an abnormally limited extent.

Howbeit he had looked on the King closely and wisely, and deemed that he was both cruel and guileful, so that he rejoiced that he had spoken naught of Ursula, and he was minded to keep her within gates all the while they abode at Cheaping-Knowe.

It sometimes seemed the abomination spoke from every mouth, watched from all eyes.

Gross speaks of a man of thirty who was in the habit of giving exhibitions of sword-swallowing in public houses, and who injured his esophagus to such an extent as to cause abscess and death.

The tolling of a distant clock absently spoke the midnight hour, but Cassandra was wide awake as she dreamed, consumed by better days.

Both paths were making absolutely world-shaking discoveries, but discoveries that spoke to each other virtually not at all.

Then calling on the name of Allah, he gave a last keen cunning sweep with the blade, and following that, the earth awfully quaked and groaned, as if speaking in the abysmal tongue the Mastery of the Event to all men.

Despite years in the Line Marines he still spoke with the crisp accents of his native Churchill.

Four months after he arrived at Bangkok, at the age of eight, he spoke fluent, accentless Thai.

When I saw Nanette in my arms, beaming with love, and Marton near the bed, holding a candle, with her eyes reproaching us with ingratitude because we did not speak to her, who, by accepting my first caresses, had encouraged her sister to follow her example, I realized all my happiness.

Rummel, a well-known writer of the same school, speaks of curing a case of jaundice in thirty-four days by Homoeopathic doses of pulsatilla, aconite, and cinchona.

While he was reasoning with himself, whether he should acquaint these poor people with his suspicion, the maid of the house informed him that a gentlewoman desired to speak with him.