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definition of the word speak

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
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Old English spēcan, from earlier sprēcan

to speak

Third person singular
speaks or archaic, speaketh

Simple past
spoke or archaic, spake

Past participle

Present participle

to speak (third-person singular simple present speaks or archaic, speaketh, present participle speaking, simple past spoke or archaic, spake, past participle spoken)

  1. (intransitive) To communicate with one's voice, to say words out loud.
    I was so surprised I couldn't speak.
    You're speaking too fast.
  2. (intransitive) To have a conversation.
    It's been ages since we've spoken.
  3. (by extension) To communicate or converse by some means other than orally, such as writing or facial expressions.
    He spoke of it in his diary
    Speak to me only with your eyes.
    I just spoke with them on IRC.
    Actions speak louder than words.
  4. (intransitive) To deliver a message to a group; to deliver a speech.
    This evening I shall speak on the topic of correct English usage.
  5. (transitive) To be able to communicate in a language.
    I was so surprised that I couldn't speak a word.
    He speaks Mandarin fluently.

phrasal verbs


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