speakverbuk /spiːk/ us /spiːk/ (spoke, spoken)
speak verb (SAY WORDS)
- 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)
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)