Translation of "speak" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb /spiːk/ us /spik/ present participle speaking, past tense spoke, past participle spoken

A1 to say something using your voice

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 verb(s)

(Translation of “speak” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /spiːk/ (past tense spoke /spouk/, past participle spoken /ˈspoukən/)

to say (words) or talk

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)

She speaks Russian.

to tell or make known (one’s thoughts, the truth etc)

I always speak my mind.

to make a speech, address an audience

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

Our record-player needs a new speaker.
speaking adjective

involving speech

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

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.

(Translation of “speak” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)