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English definition of “speak out/up”

speak out/up

phrasal verb with speak     /spiːk/ verb (spoke, spoken)
to give your opinion about something in public , especially on a subject that you have strong feelings about: If no one has the courage to speak out against the system , things will never improve .Expressing and asking opinionsRemarks and remarkingControlling emotions
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