Associations to the word «Speak»


SPEAK, verb. (intransitive) To communicate with one's voice, to say words out loud.
SPEAK, verb. (intransitive) To have a conversation.
SPEAK, verb. (by extension) To communicate or converse by some means other than orally, such as writing or facial expressions.
SPEAK, verb. (intransitive) To deliver a message to a group; to deliver a speech.
SPEAK, verb. (transitive) To be able to communicate in a language.
SPEAK, verb. (transitive) To utter.
SPEAK, verb. (transitive) To communicate (some fact or feeling); to bespeak, to indicate.
SPEAK, verb. (informal) (transitive) (sometimes humorous) To understand (as though it were a language).
SPEAK, verb. (intransitive) To produce a sound; to sound.
SPEAK, verb. (transitive) (archaic) To address; to accost; to speak to.
SPEAK, noun. Language, jargon, or terminology used uniquely in a particular environment or group.
SPEAK, noun. (dated) a low class bar, a speakeasy.
SPEAK BY THE CARD, verb. To speak from accurate information, without guessing.
SPEAK FOR, verb. Used other than as an idiom: see speak,‎ for.
SPEAK FOR, verb. To speak on somebody's behalf.
SPEAK FOR, verb. (idiomatic) To claim, reserve, or occupy.
SPEAK FOR, verb. (idiomatic) To represent an intrinsic quality
SPEAK FOR ONESELF, verb. Used other than as an idiom: see speak,‎ for. To provide an opinion only on one's own behalf.
SPEAK FOR ONESELF, verb. (idiomatic) Expressing disagreement with an opinion expressed by another.
SPEAK FOR ONESELF, verb. To have obvious meaning; to require no explanation.
SPEAK HIGHLY, verb. To praise.
SPEAK ILL OF, verb. To vilify; to defame; to criticize.
SPEAK IN CIRCLES, verb. (idiomatic) Synonym of talk in circles.
SPEAK IN TONGUES, verb. To speak in a language unknown to the speaker; glossolalia
SPEAK ONE'S MIND, verb. (idiomatic) To state one's thoughts or opinions honestly or frankly.
SPEAK OUT, verb. (idiomatic) To assert or promote one's opinion; to make one's thoughts known.
SPEAK OUT OF TURN, verb. Alternative form of talk out of turn
SPEAK SOMEONE'S LANGUAGE, verb. (idiomatic) To talk about concerns, feelings, ideas, etc. which someone understands well and can relate to intimately.
SPEAK TO, verb. (idiomatic) To give evidence regarding something; to attest for.
SPEAK TO, verb. (idiomatic) To address a particular topic.
SPEAK TO, verb. (idiomatic) To (figuratively) resonate with, to feel emotionally relevant to.
SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER, verb. To address facts to an authority or a superior.
SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER, verb. To reveal facts about an authority or a superior.
SPEAK UP, verb. (idiomatic) To talk more loudly or plainly.
SPEAK UP, verb. (idiomatic) To make oneself or one's opinions known; to advocate or assert oneself.
SPEAK VOLUMES, verb. (idiomatic) To express more than one actually said.
SPEAK VOLUMES, verb. (usually with about) To extend beyond the immediate topic under discussion.
SPEAK WITH A FORKED TONGUE, verb. (idiomatic) To speak deceptively; to be duplicitous or untruthful.

Dictionary definition

SPEAK, verb. Express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize".
SPEAK, verb. Exchange thoughts; talk with; "We often talk business"; "Actions talk louder than words".
SPEAK, verb. Use language; "the baby talks already"; "the prisoner won't speak"; "they speak a strange dialect".
SPEAK, verb. Give a speech to; "The chairman addressed the board of trustees".
SPEAK, verb. Make a characteristic or natural sound; "The drums spoke".

Wise words

Where words fail, music speaks.
Hans Christian Anderson