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Definition of the noun speak

What does speak mean as a name of something?

noun

  1. language, jargon, or terminology used uniquely in a particular environment or group.
  2. [dated] a low class bar, a speakeasy.

Definition of the verb speak

What does speak mean as a doing word?

Speak is one of the top 100 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular
spokespokenspeakingspeaks

  1. express in speech
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb]She lecturedVerbs of Communication: lecture, moralize, preach, rant, remark, talk, testify, theorize, write
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic, arbitrary control with -ing]She lectured about traveling
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic, not sentential clause]She lectured about her travels
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb]Susan and Rachel chitchatted | Susan and Rachel talkedVerbs of Communication: talk
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] togetherSusan and Rachel talked
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb]Susan talked | Susan was chitchatting
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic]Susan talked about the problems of modern America
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic] to [Actor 2]Susan talked about the problem to Rachel
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic] with [Actor 2]Susan chitchatted about the problem with Rachel | Susan talked about the problem with Rachel
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] to [Actor 2]Susan talked to Rachel
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] to [Actor 2] about [Topic]Susan talked to Rachel about the problem
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2]Susan chitchatted with Rachel | Susan talked with Rachel
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Topic]Susan chitchatted with Rachel about the problem | Susan talked with Rachel about the problem
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of speak: mouth / talk / utter / verbalise / verbalize
    • more generic words: communicate / intercommunicate = transmit thoughts or feelings
    • more specific terms:
  2. exchange thoughts; talk with
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb]Susan and Rachel chitchatted | Susan and Rachel talked
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] togetherSusan and Rachel talked
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb]Susan talked | Susan was chitchatting
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic]Susan talked about the problems of modern America
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic] to [Actor 2]Susan talked about the problem to Rachel
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic] with [Actor 2]Susan chitchatted about the problem with Rachel | Susan talked about the problem with Rachel
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] to [Actor 2]Susan talked to Rachel
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] to [Actor 2] about [Topic]Susan talked to Rachel about the problem
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2]Susan chitchatted with Rachel | Susan talked with Rachel
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Topic]Susan chitchatted with Rachel about the problem | Susan talked with Rachel about the problem

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): talk.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of speak: talk
    • more generic words: communicate / intercommunicate = transmit thoughts or feelings
    • more specific terms:
  3. use language
    • examples: the prisoner won't speak | they speak a strange dialect | Sam and Sue speak
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of speak: talk
    • more generic words: communicate / intercommunicate = transmit thoughts or feelings
    • more specific terms:
      • run on = talk or narrate at length
      • smatter = speak with spotty or superficial knowledge
      • slang = use slang or vulgar language
  4. give a speech to
  5. make a characteristic or natural sound
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more generic word: sound = give off a certain sound or sounds

Alternative definition of the verb speak

verb

  1. [intransitive] To communicate with one's voice, to say words out loud.
  2. [intransitive] To have a conversation.
  3. [context: by extension] To communicate or converse by some means other than orally, such as writing or facial expressions.
  4. [intransitive] To deliver a message to a group; to deliver a speech.
  5. [transitive] To be able to communicate in a language.
  6. [transitive] To utter.
  7. [transitive] To communicate (some fact or feeling); to bespeak, to indicate.

Films

  1. "Speak" is a 2004 American independent film based on the award-winning novel of the same name by Laurie Halse Anderson. It stars Kristen Stewart as Melinda Sordino, a high school freshman who practically stops talking after being raped by a senior student. The film is told through Melinda's eyes and is wrought with her sardonic humor and blunt honesty. It was broadcast on Showtime and Lifetime in 2005 after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004.
  2. "Speak" a.k.a. "Pesu" is an unreleased Indian Tamil romance film written and directed by debutant Ra. Cyril. It stars newcomers J. Vignesh and Vibha in the lead, and Jayaprakash, comedian M. S. Baskar, Mahadevan and Ajay Ratnam in supporting roles, whilst featuring film score and soundtrack by noted composer Yuvan Shankar Raja. The film was in its post-production stage before it failed to hit theatres for unknown reasons.
  3. "Speak" a.k.a. "Speak!" is a 2012 short drama film written and directed by Meghna Haldar.
  4. "Speak" is a 2010 film directed by Yes! That's Us.

Writings

"Speak", published in 1999, is Laurie Halse Anderson's young adult novel that tells the story of high school student Melinda Sordino. After accidentally busting an end-of-summer party due to an unnamed incident, Melinda is ostracized by her peers because she will not say why she called the police. Unable to verbalize what happened, Melinda nearly stops speaking altogether, expressing her voice through the art she produces for Mr. Freeman's class. This expression slowly helps Melinda acknowledge what happened, face her problems, and recreate her identity.

  • also known as "Speak (Bite)", Sprich
  • language: English Language
  • characters:
    • Melinda Sordino
    • Andy Evans
    • Heather
    • Ivy
    • Rachel Bruin
  • genres: Fiction, Children's literature
  • subjects: Schools, Young adult, Education, Adolescence
  • released in (16 years ago)
  • some of the awards:

Music

  1. "Speak" is the debut studio album by American singer and actress Lindsay Lohan. It was released in the United States on December 7, 2004 by Casablanca Records. The album was the first high-seller from Casablanca Records in several years, selling 1,000,000 units in the United States.
  2. "Speak" a.k.a. "Speak!!!" is the fourth album from The Mad Capsule Markets. The album was recorded in England. Two songs were featured from the original Berrie recording. The album displayed a more experimental and darker side to their music, evident in the closing song "Kachiku". It was also their first album to have a full English song.
  3. "Speak" is a compilation album consisting of previously obscure material by British Art rock band No-Man. Originally, recorded between 1988 and 1989, the songs were re-mixed and re-sung in 1999. The songs had only been released on compact cassette earlier in the band's history.
  4. "Speak" is a single by the Metal band Godsmack from their fourth album IV. It reached number one on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart and number ten on the Modern Rock chart.
  5. "Speak" is the first major studio album from CCM musician Jimmy Needham. It was released on August 15, 2006 under Inpop Records in the United States.
  6. "Speak" is a 1989 album by The Roches. The album features two singles which had accompanied videos, "Big Nuthin'" and "Everyone Is Good." Another track, "Nocturne," was featured in the 1988 film Crossing Delancey, which the trio did the soundtrack for and featured Suzzy Roche as the best friend of Amy Irving's character in the movie.
  7. "Speak" is a musical album by Michael Olatuja.
  8. "Speak" is a musical album of Londonbeat.
    • released in (27 years ago)
  9. "Speak" is a composition.
  10. "Speak" is a musical album of Anne La Berge.
  11. "Speak" is a musical album of Quincy Mumford.
    • released on
  12. "Speak" is a musical album of First Amendment.
  13. "Speak" a.k.a. "SPEAK?" is a musical album of Acid Bell.
    • released on (18 years ago)
  14. "Speak" is a musical album of Monsoon.
    • released in (11 years ago)
  15. "Speak" is a musical album of Speak.
    • released in (5 years ago)
  16. "Speak" is a musical EP of In:Aviate.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  17. "Speak" is a musical album of Robbi.
    • released in (8 years ago)
  18. "Speak" a.k.a. "(speak)" is a musical album of Dogs Of Peace.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  19. "Speak" is a musical album of Engines of Aggression.
    • released in (22 years ago)
  20. "Speak" a.k.a. "Speak!" is a musical album of Wicked Kemao.
    • released in (7 years ago)

Person

Who is Speak?

Speak: Tamás Deák better known by his stage name Speak, is a rap artist, model and actor based in Hungary. He gained considerable fame after the music video for his 2003 anti-war song, "Stop the War", became popularized through video sharing websites.

Groups

  1. Speak is a synth pop band from Austin, Texas formed in 2008. The band consists of Troupe Gammage, Nick Hurt, Joey Delahoussaye, and Jake Stewart. The band released their debut single Carrie in 2011, and their debut album I Believe In Everything in late 2011.
  2. sPEAK is a musical group.
    • album: "All the Above Stranger"
  3. Speak is a musical group.
    • album: "Speak"

There are other groups with in their name, like Speak!!!, Speak Low, Action Speak, Cavemen Speak, We Speak Texan, Even As We Speak, To Speak of Wolves and Speak Low if You Speak Love.

Miscellanea

  1. SPEAK: The Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit is an oral test developed by the Educational Testing Service. The SPEAK test continues to be administered to non-native English speakers. Its aim is to evaluate the examinee's proficiency in spoken English. It is usually taken as a professional certification, especially for graduate teaching assistants in the American college and university system, who are often required to hold office hours and converse in English with students. It is also used in the medical profession, where communication with patients is required.
  2. speak was a Unix utility that used a predefined set of rules to turn a file of English text into phoneme data compatible with a Federal Screw Works model VS4 "Votrax" Speech Synthesizer. It was first included in Unix v3 and possibly later ones, with the OS-end support files and help files persisting until v6. As of late 2011, the original source code for speak, and portions of speak.m were discovered. At least three versions of the man page are known to still exist.

Phrases with Speak

Phrases starting with the word Speak:

  1. Speak to
  2. speak up
  3. speak for
  4. speak out
  5. Speak-Box
  6. Speak Volumes
  7. speak in tongues
  8. Speak One's Mind
  9. Speak For Oneself
  10. speak of the devil

Phrases ending with the word Speak:

  1. -Speak
  2. Re-Speak
  3. Art Speak
  4. As We Speak
  5. so to speak
  6. Weather Speak
  7. Even As We Speak

Other phrases containing the word Speak:

  1. to speak out
  2. I Don't Speak Azeri
  3. Do You Speak English

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Speak

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Google previewCulture X Goes to School (2015)

Public Education and the American Culture by Edward S. Ebert II, Darlene M. Maxwell

Of key importance here, once again, is that the institutional survival of which we speak is a mechanism for the protection of those that the institution supports, not of those that the institution serves. Of key importance is that the institutional ...

Google previewPuspika: Tracing Ancient India Through Texts and Traditions (2014)

by Giovanni Ciotti, Alastair Gornall, Paolo Visigalli

The sense is that, here, when there is a restriction of cases, only the linguistic community's desire to speak is a restrictive cause. The Mogg—p—t makes it explicit here that there is a restriction in variation due to the common linguistic ...

Google previewWhite Papers For Dummies (2013)

by Gordon Graham

Marketing speak Marketing speak refers to the polite, politically correct, and almost indecipherable prose that makes so...

Google previewSummary: Be Your Own Brand (2013)

Review and Analysis of McNally and Speak's Book by BusinessNews Publishing

KARL SPEAK is a business consultant and the founder of Beyond Marketing Thought, a global brand management consulting firm. Mr. Speak is a regular contributor to a number of business magazines and also teaches in MBA programs ...

Google previewBeing in Time to the Music (2008)

by David A. Ross

To speak means to exhibit logic, the prime determinant of logos; it is pick out the pattern of the One that lies submerged and lost within multiplicity, the ontological within the ontic, ex-istence within existence. In picking out the One from the many ...

Google previewParliamentary Debates (1959)

by New Zealand. Parliament

that allows us to discuss a motion of urgency, and the only person who should speak is the one who moves the motion. There is no justification whatever for a discussion, and there has never been a discussion of this type on urgency before .

Google previewPub Speak: A Writer's Dictionary of Publishing Terms (2011)

by Tracy Marchini

Pub Speak AWriteHs Dictionary of Publishing Terms 4. Pub Speak A Writer‟s Dictionary of Publishing Terms. Front Cover.

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning (2013)

by Michael Byram, Adelheid Hu

Never translate: demonstrate Never explain: act Never make a speech : ask questions Never imitate mistakes: correct them Never speak with single ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Sacred Theology: Its Principles (2008)

by Abraham Kuyper

What is here to be understood by Principium When theology abandoned its proper and original character, it also ceased to speak of a principium ofits own; and gradually we have become so estranged from the earlier theological life, that it is ...

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Usage statistics about speak

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb speak:

spoken English51.59%written English48.41% conversational speech41.2%task-oriented speech58.8% imaginative writing74.73%informational writing25.27%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb speak:

mouthutteraddressspeaktalk

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Quotes about Speak

Stranger, if you passing meet me and desire to speak to me, why should you not speak to me? And why should I not speak to you? (Walt Whitman)
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Scrabble value of S1P3E1A1K5

The value of this 5-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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