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English definition of “speak”

speak

verb [I] (FORMAL TALK)   /spik/ (past tense spoke  /spoʊk/, past participle spoken  /ˈspoʊ·kən/)
to give a formal talk: Will you be speaking at the conference? Ted will speak about careers in education.
(Definition of speak verb (FORMAL TALK) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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