/spik/v[I/T](past tensespoke/spoʊk/, past participlespoken/ˈspoʊ·kən/)(SAY WORDS)
›to say words, to use the voice, or to have a conversation with someone: [I]I heard someone speaking in the hallway.[I]Please speak louder.[I]"I’ll never speak to you again," he said angrily.[T]No one spoke a word (= No one said anything).[I]She spoke in a whisper (= very quietly).›Speaking is used with adverbs ending in -ly to show that you are talking from a particular point of view: [I]Generally speaking, this is what happens when you see a nutritionist.