Definition of Speak

v. i.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.
[imp. Spoke (Spake ( ) Archaic); p. p. Spoken (Spoke, Obs. or Colloq.); p. pr. & vb. n. Speaking.]
Till at the last spake in this manner.
- Chaucer.
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.
- Boyle.
An honest man, is able to speak for himself, when a knave is not.
- Shak.
During the century and a half which followed the Conquest, there is, to speak strictly, no English history.
- Macaulay.
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.
- Clarendon.
4.To discourse; to make mention; to tell.
Lycan speaks of a part of Cæsar's army that came to him from the Leman Lake.
- Addison.
5.To give sound; to sound.
Make all our trumpets speak.
- Shak.
6.To convey sentiments, ideas, or intelligence as if by utterance; as, features that speak of self-will.
Thine eye begins to speak.
- Shak.
To speak of
to take account of, to make mention of.
To speak out
to speak loudly and distinctly; also, to speak unreservedly.
- Robynson (More's Utopia).
To speak well for
to commend; to be favorable to.
To speak with
to converse with.
- Shak.
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.
- Shak.
Speaking a still good morrow with her eyes.
- Tennyson.
And for the heaven's wide circuit, let it speak
The maker's high magnificence.
- Milton.
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.
- Chaucer.
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.
- Emerson.
To speak a ship
(Naut.) to hail and speak to her captain or commander.

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