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English definition of “speak”

speak

verb [I] (FORMAL TALK)    /spiːk/ (spoke, spoken)
B2 to give a formal talk to a group of people: Who is speaking in the debate tonight? The Queen speaks to the nation on television every Christmas. Janet is speaking for the motion (= trying to persuade the people listening that the idea is good) and Peter is speaking against (it) (= trying to persuade them that it is bad).Lecturing and addressing
(Definition of speak verb (FORMAL TALK) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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