speak

To speak is to talk. If a UFO lands in your yard, it will be easier to speak with the aliens if they've learned how to speak English — or if you know how to speak Martian.

You can speak to your friend about something private, but you can also speak at the paleontology enthusiasts' convention, presenting your thoughts on the latest dinosaur discoveries. If you speak Spanish or Hindi, it means you are able to communicate in those languages, and if you speak for yourself, it means you offer your own opinions.

Definitions of speak
  1. verb
    use language
    “the prisoner won't speak
    “they speak a strange dialect”
    synonyms: talk
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    run on
    talk or narrate at length
    smatter
    speak with spotty or superficial knowledge
    slang
    use slang or vulgar language
    type of:
    communicate, intercommunicate
    transmit thoughts or feelings
  2. verb
    express in speech
    synonyms: mouth, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    verbalise, verbalize
    be verbose
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    read
    look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is written or printed
    phonate, vocalise, vocalize
    utter speech sounds
    troll
    speak or recite rapidly or in a rolling voice
    begin
    begin to speak or say
    lip off, shoot one's mouth off
    speak spontaneously and without restraint
    shout
    utter in a loud voice; talk in a loud voice (usually denoting characteristic manner of speaking)
    whisper
    speak softly; in a low voice
    peep
    speak in a hesitant and high-pitched tone of voice
    speak up
    speak louder; raise one's voice
    snap, snarl
    utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone
    enthuse
    utter with enthusiasm
    speak in tongues
    speak unintelligibly in or as if in religious ecstasy
    swallow
    utter indistinctly
    verbalise, verbalize
    be verbose
    whiff
    utter with a puff of air
    talk about, talk of
    discuss or mention
    blubber, blubber out
    utter while crying
    drone, drone on
    talk in a monotonous voice
    bumble, falter, stammer, stutter
    speak haltingly
    rasp
    utter in a grating voice
    blunder, blunder out, blurt, blurt out, ejaculate
    utter impulsively
    inflect, modulate, tone
    vary the pitch of one's speech
    deliver, present
    deliver (a speech, oration, or idea)
    generalise, generalize
    speak or write in generalities
    blab, blabber, chatter, clack, gabble, gibber, maunder, palaver, piffle, prate, prattle, tattle, tittle-tattle, twaddle
    speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
    chatter
    make noise as if chattering away
    jaw, rattle on, yack, yack away, yap away
    talk incessantly and tiresomely
    open up
    talk freely and without inhibition
    snivel, whine
    talk in a tearful manner
    murmur
    speak softly or indistinctly
    maunder, mumble, mussitate, mutter
    talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice
    slur
    utter indistinctly
    bark
    speak in an unfriendly tone
    bay
    utter in deep prolonged tones
    jabber, mouth off, rabbit on, rant, rave, spout
    talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
    hiss, sibilate, siss, sizz
    express or utter with a hiss
    cackle
    talk or utter in a cackling manner
    babble
    utter meaningless sounds, like a baby, or utter in an incoherent way
    chant, intone, tone
    utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically
    gulp
    utter or make a noise, as when swallowing too quickly
    sing
    produce tones with the voice
    deadpan
    speak in a deliberately impassive or serious manner
    numerate
    read out loud as words written numbers
    dictate
    say out loud for the purpose of recording
    discuss, hash out, talk over
    speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion
    blaspheme
    speak of in an irreverent or impious manner
    coo
    speak softly or lovingly
    scream, yell
    utter or declare in a very loud voice
    holler, holler out
    shout out
    roar, thunder
    utter words loudly and forcefully
    rhapsodise, rhapsodize
    say (something) with great enthusiasm
    orate, speechify
    make speeches; hold forth, or harangue with a certain degree of formality
    babble, blather, blether, blither, smatter
    talk foolishly
    susurrate
    issue soft noises
    bawl, bellow
    shout loudly and without restraint
    place
    sing a note with the correct pitch
    troll
    sing loudly and without inhibition
    croon
    sing softly
    cantillate, chant, intonate, intone
    recite with musical intonation; recite as a chant or a psalm
    descant, warble, yodel
    sing by changing register; sing by yodeling
    quaver, trill, warble
    sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or below
    treble
    sing treble
    hum
    sing with closed lips
    call
    read aloud to check for omissions or absentees
    belt, belt out
    sing loudly and forcefully
    descant on
    sing a descant on a main tune or melody
    vocalise, vocalize
    sing (each note a scale or in a melody) with the same vowel
    harmonise, harmonize
    sing or play in harmony
    descant
    sing in descant
    sing along
    sing with a choir or an orchestra
    psalm
    sing or celebrate in psalms
    minstrel
    celebrate by singing, in the style of minstrels
    solmizate
    sing using syllables like `do', `re' and `mi' to represent the tones of the scale
    chirp, tweedle
    sing in modulation
    choir, chorus
    sing in a choir
    sing
    deliver by singing
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    communicate, intercommunicate
    transmit thoughts or feelings
  3. verb
    exchange thoughts; talk with
    synonyms: talk
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    carry on, continue, go on, proceed
    continue talking
    discourse, dissertate, hold forth
    talk at length and formally about a topic
    pontificate
    talk in a dogmatic and pompous manner
    orate
    talk pompously
    talk down
    speak in a condescending manner, as if to a child
    spiel
    speak at great length (about something)
    dogmatise, dogmatize
    speak dogmatically
    cheek
    speak impudently to
    level
    talk frankly with; lay it on the line
    talk turkey
    discuss frankly, often in a business context
    monologuise, monologuize, soliloquise, soliloquize
    talk to oneself
    converse, discourse
    carry on a conversation
    butterfly, chat up, coquet, coquette, dally, flirt, mash, philander, romance
    talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions
    dish the dirt, gossip
    wag one's tongue; speak about others and reveal secrets or intimacies
    rap
    talk volubly
    argue, contend, debate, fence
    have an argument about something
    segue
    proceed without interruption; in music or talk
    interview, question
    conduct an interview in television, newspaper, and radio reporting
    interview
    discuss formally with (somebody) for the purpose of an evaluation
    interview
    go for an interview in the hope of being hired
    bloviate
    orate verbosely and windily
    wanton
    engage in amorous play
    vamp
    act seductively with (someone)
    chaffer, chat, chatter, chew the fat, chit-chat, chitchat, claver, confab, confabulate, gossip, jaw, natter, shoot the breeze, visit
    talk socially without exchanging too much information
    bruit, rumor, rumour
    tell or spread rumors
    jog, ramble, ramble on
    continue talking or writing in a desultory manner
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    communicate, intercommunicate
    transmit thoughts or feelings
  4. verb
    give a speech to
    synonyms: address
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    blaze away
    speak with fire and passion
    memorialise, memorialize
    address in a memorial
    keynote
    give the keynote address to (an audience)
    harangue
    deliver a harangue to; address forcefully
  5. verb
    make a characteristic or natural sound
    “The drums spoke
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    sound
    give off a certain sound or sounds
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