Definition of “speak up” - English Dictionary

“speak up” in British English

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speak up

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

B2 to speak in a louder voice so that people can hear you:

Could you speak up? We can't hear at the back.

More examples

  • You'll have to speak up, I can't hear you.
  • Stop muttering and speak up!
  • You'll have to speak up a bit if you want everyone to hear you.

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

“speak up” in American English

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speak up

phrasal verb with speak us /spik/ verb past tense spoke /spoʊk/ , past participle spoken /ˈspoʊ·kən/

(TALK LOUD)

to speak louder:

Speak up! We can’t hear you in the back.

speak up

phrasal verb with speak us /spik/ verb past tense spoke /spoʊk/ , past participle spoken /ˈspoʊ·kən/

(EXPRESS OPINION)

to express your opinion:

If you disagree, please speak up.

(Definition of “speak up” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)