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English definition of “speak”

speak

verb [I/T] (SAY WORDS)   /spik/ (past tense spoke  /spoʊk/, past participle spoken  /ˈspoʊ·kən/)
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.
(Definition of speak verb (SAY WORDS) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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