Meaning of "speak" in Essential American English Dictionary


verb us /spik/ (present participle speaking, past tense spoke, past participle spoken)

A1 to say something using your voice:

She speaks very quietly.
There was complete silence – nobody spoke.
speak English, French, German, etc.

A1 to be able to say things in English, French, German, etc.:

Do you speak English?
speak with someone

to talk to someone:

Could I speak with Mr. Davis, please?

(Definition of “speak” from the Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)