English definition of “speak”
/spiːk/ verb (past tense spoke, past participle spoken)
SAY WORDS [I] › to say something using your voice: to speak loudly/quietly There was complete silence - nobody spoke.
speak to sb mainly UK (mainly US speak with sb) › to talk to someone: Could I speak to Mr Davis, please? Have you spoken with your new neighbors yet?
speak about/of sth › to talk about something: He refused to speak about the matter in public. In the interview she spoke of her sadness at her mother's death.
speak English/French/German, etc › to be able to communicate in English/French/German, etc: Do you speak English? He speaks very good French.
IN PUBLIC [I] › to make a speech to a large group of people: She was invited to speak at a conference in Madrid.
speak for/on behalf of sb › to express the feelings, opinions, etc of another person or of a group of people: I've been chosen to speak on behalf of the whole class.
generally/personally, etc speaking › used to explain that you are talking about something in a general/personal, etc way: Personally speaking, I don't like cats.