Definition of


  1. (verb, communication) express in speech
    This depressed patient does not verbalize
  2. (verb, communication) exchange thoughts; talk with
    Actions talk louder than words
  3. (verb, communication) use language
    the prisoner won't speak
    they speak a strange dialect
  4. (verb, communication) give a speech to
  5. (verb, perception) make a characteristic or natural sound

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Synonyms of Speak

address, mouth, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize

Origin of the word Speak

  1. O.E. specan, variant of sprecan "to speak" (class V strong verb; past tense spr?c, pp. sprecen), from P.Gmc. *sprekanan (cf. O.S. sprecan, O.Fris. spreka, M.Du. spreken, O.H.G. sprehhan, Ger. sprechen "to speak," O.N. spraki "rumor, report"), cognate with L. spargere "to strew" (speech as a "sca… more

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