speak verb (SAY WORDS)
mainly UK "Can I speak to Dan please?"
mainly US "Can I speak with Scott please?"
"Speaking." (= This is Scott.)
If he tells Julie what I said, I'll never speak to him again.
We've been invited to Rachel and Jamie's wedding - speaking of which, did you know that they're moving to New York?
Speaking as (= with my experience as) a mother of four, I can tell you that children are exhausting.
Sue speaks with an American accent.
broadly, historically, strictly, etc. speaking
speak to sb
- Choking back my anger, I tried to speak calmly.
- She cleared her throat nervously before she began to speak.
- Can I speak to you confidentially?
- "Can I speak to Isobel, please?" "She's still in bed. I'll just go and see if she's conscious yet."
- It is considered bad manners in some cultures to speak with your mouth full of food.
speak verb (LANGUAGE)
Thesaurus: synonyms and related words
speak verb (FORMAL TALK)
- The audience clapped and cheered when she stood up to speak.
- I've deputed Lara Brown to speak for me at the conference.
- They invited her to speak especially because of her experience in inner cities.
- There was loud jeering from the opposition parties when the prime minister stood up to speak.
- He didn't want to be involved in the organization of the conference, although he was willing to attend and speak.
speak verb (SUGGEST)
Speak and talk: usesThe verbs speak and talk both generally mean ‘say words’, but there are some small differences in how they are used. Speak is more formal than talk. …