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speak

verb /spiːk/ ( present participle speaking, past tense spoke, past participle spoken)
A1 to say something using your voice hablar She speaks very quietly. There was complete silence – nobody spoke.
speak English, French, German, etc.
A1 to be able to say things in English, French, German, etc. hablar inglés, francés, alemán, etc. Do you speak English?
speak to someone UK ( US speak with someone)
A1 to talk to someone hablar con alguien Could I speak to Mr Davis, please?
speak with someone
to talk to someone hablar con alguien Could I speak with Mr. Davis, please?
→  Phrasal verbs speak out , speak up
(Definition of speak from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

speak

verb /spiːk/ ( past tense spoke /spouk/, past participle spoken /ˈspoukən/)
to say (words) or talk hablar He can’t speak He spoke a few words to us.
(often with toor (American ) with) to talk or converse hablar, conversar Can I speak to/with you for a moment? We spoke for hours about it.
to (be able to) talk in (a language) hablar She speaks Russian.
to tell or make known (one’s thoughts, the truth etc) decir I always speak my mind.
to make a speech, address an audience pronunciar The Prime Minister spoke on unemployment.
speaker noun
a person who is or was speaking persona que habla, interlocutor, conferenciante The speaker was interrupted by hecklers in the crowd.
(sometimes loudspeaker) the device in a radio, record-player etc which converts the electrical impulses into audible sounds altavoz Our record-player needs a new speaker.
speaking adjective
involving speech hablado a speaking part in a play.
used in speech voz, habla, forma de hablar a pleasant speaking voice.
spoken adjective
produced by speaking hablado, oral the spoken word.
-spoken suffix
speaking in a particular way hablado… plain-spoken smooth-spoken.
generally speaking adverb
in general en términos generales Generally speaking, men are stronger than women.
speak for itself/themselves phrasal verb
to have an obvious meaning; not to need explaining ser evidente, hablar por sí solo The facts speak for themselves.
speak out phrasal verb
to say boldly what one thinks hablar claro I feel the time has come to speak out.
speak up phrasal verb
to speak (more) loudly hablar más fuerte Speak up! We can’t hear you!
to speak of
worth mentioning digno de mención He has no talent to speak of.
(Definition of speak from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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