Definition of “speak out/up” - English Dictionary

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“speak out/up” in British English

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speak out/up

phrasal verb with speak uk /spiːk/ us /spiːk/ verb spoke, spoken

to give your opinion about something in public, especially on a subject that you have strong feelings about:

If no one has the courage to speak out against the system, things will never improve.

More examples

  • They spoke out against the proposed legislation.
  • Someone needs to speak up for women's rights.
  • Several parents spoke out against the use of corporal punishment.
  • If you have a problem with anything I've told you, then speak up now.

(Definition of “speak out/up” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)