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Meaning & Definition of Speak in English

English

Speak

/spik/

verb

1. Express in speech

  • "She talks a lot of nonsense"
  • "This depressed patient does not verbalize"
    synonym:
  • talk
  • ,
  • speak
  • ,
  • utter
  • ,
  • mouth
  • ,
  • verbalize
  • ,
  • verbalise

2. Exchange thoughts

  • Talk with
  • "We often talk business"
  • "Actions talk louder than words"
    synonym:
  • talk
  • ,
  • speak

3. Use language

  • "The baby talks already"
  • "The prisoner won't speak"
  • "They speak a strange dialect"
    synonym:
  • speak
  • ,
  • talk

4. Give a speech to

  • "The chairman addressed the board of trustees"
    synonym:
  • address
  • ,
  • speak

5. Make a characteristic or natural sound

  • "The drums spoke"
    synonym:
  • speak

Examples of using

I've got a feeling Tom doesn't really know how to speak French.
Would you please speak a little bit more slowly?
Tom wanted to speak with Mary.