from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- intransitive verb To produce words by means of sounds; talk.
- intransitive verb To express thoughts or feelings to convey information in speech or writing.
- intransitive verb To convey information or ideas in text.
- intransitive verb To engage in conversation.
- intransitive verb To be friendly or willing to communicate; be on speaking terms.
- intransitive verb To deliver an address or lecture.
- intransitive verb To act as spokesperson.
- intransitive verb To convey information through another person.
- intransitive verb To convey a message by nonverbal means.
- intransitive verb To give an indication or suggestion.
- intransitive verb To be appealing.
- intransitive verb To make a reservation or request. Used with for:
- intransitive verb To produce a characteristic sound.
- intransitive verb To give off a sound on firing. Used of guns or cannon.
- intransitive verb To say with the voice; pronounce or utter.
- intransitive verb To converse in or be able to converse in (a language).
- intransitive verb To express in words; tell.
- intransitive verb Nautical To hail and communicate with (another vessel) at sea.
- intransitive verb To convey by nonverbal means.
- idiom (so to speak) Used to call attention to a choice of words, and especially to the metaphoric or expressive nature of a word or phrase.
- idiom (speak down to) To speak condescendingly to.
- idiom (spoken for) Reserved or requested.
- idiom (to speak of) Worthy of mention.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To use articulate utterance in the tones of the speaking-voice, in distinction from those of the singing-voice; exert the faculty of speech in uttering words for the expression of thought.
- To make an oral address, as before a magistrate, a tribunal, a public assembly, or a company; deliver a speech, discourse, argument, plea, or the like: as, to
speakfor or against a person or a cause in court or in a legislature.
- To make oral communication or mention; talk; converse: as, to
speakwith a stranger; to speak of or about something; they do not speak to each other.
- To communicate ideas by written or printed words; make mention or tell in recorded speech.
- To make communication by any intelligible sound, action, or indication; impart ideas or information by any means other than speech or writing; give expression or intimation.
- Of an organ-pipe, to emit or utter a tone; sound.
- Nautical, to make a stirring and lapping sound in driving through the water: said of a ship.
- To bark when ordered: said of dogs.
- A person with whom one is only sufficiently acquainted to interchange formal salutations or indifferent conversation when meeting casually.
- To afford an indication of; intimate; denote.
- To take or make account of; mention as notable or of consequence; deserve mention.
- To admonish or rebuke.
- Synonyms Speak, Talk. Speak is more general in meaning than talk. Thus, a man may speak by uttering a single word, whereas to talk is to utter words consecutively; so a man may be able to speak without being able to talk. Speak is also more formal in meaning: as, to
speakbefore an audience; while talk implies a conversational manner of speaking.
- To utter orally and articulately; express with the voice; enunciate.
- To declare; utter; make known by speech; tell, announce, or express in uttered words.
- To use in oral utterance; express one's self in the speech or tongue of: as, a person may read a language which he cannot speak.
- To accost or address in speech; specifically (nautical), to accost at sea; hail and hold communication with by the voice, as a passing vessel.
- To say, either in speech or in writing; use as a form of speech.
- To produce by means or as a result of speech; bring about or into being by utterance; call forth.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
_Take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak_.
To speak, is not to think logically; but to _think logically_ is, at the same time, to _speak_.
And finally, all the while he is urged to speak, _speak_, _SPEAK_ as he is applying to his own methods, in his own _personal_ way, the principles he has gathered from his own experience and observation and the recorded experiences of others.
_This_ -- when I speak, I _don't hint_, but _speak out_.
Anyone who goes to hear Sarah Palin speak is a moron.
And to hear that dumb bimbo Palin speak is like listening to nails scraping across a chalk board! she's so stupid!
Just when one thought there would be no entertainment value in this convention, the RNC bring us the first of their leaders to bring us the term "nuculer" ... and later this week we will have the great honor to hear the gal who has a great grasp on the term speak, as well.
Annie_Snyder: We should always use the word speak in quote marks
"Muslims" in BNP-speak is code for black and Asian people.
I will let the title speak for itself this week folks.