a past participle of speak.
uttered or expressed by speaking; oral (opposed to written):
the spoken word.
speaking, or using speech, as specified (usually used in combination):
fair-spoken; plain-spoken; soft-spoken.
verb (used without object), spoke or (Archaic) spake; spoken or (Archaic) spoke; speaking.
to utter words or articulate sounds with the ordinary voice; talk:
He was too ill to speak.
to communicate vocally; mention:
to speak to a person about various matters.
She spoke with him for an hour.
to deliver an address, discourse, etc.:
to speak at a meeting.
to make a statement in written or printed words.
to communicate, signify, or disclose by any means; convey significance.
Phonetics. to produce sounds or audible sequences of individual or concatenated sounds of a language, especially through phonation, amplification, and resonance, and through any of a variety of articulatory processes.
(of a computer) to express data or other information audibly by means of an audio response unit.
to emit a sound, as a musical instrument; make a noise or report.
Chiefly British. (of dogs) to bark when ordered.
Fox Hunting. (of a hound or pack) to bay on finding a scent.
verb (used with object), spoke or (Archaic) spake; spoken or (Archaic) spoke; speaking.
to utter vocally and articulately:
to speak words of praise.
to express or make known with the voice:
to speak the truth.
to declare in writing or printing, or by any means of communication.
to make known, indicate, or reveal.
to use, or be able to use, in oral utterance, as a language:
to speak French.
(of a computer) to express or make known (data, prompts, etc.) by means of an audio response unit.
Nautical. to communicate with (a passing vessel) at sea, as by voice or signal:
We spoke a whaler on the fourth day at sea.
Archaic. to speak to or with.
to intercede for or recommend; speak in behalf of.
to express or articulate the views of; represent.
to choose or prefer; have reserved for oneself:
This item is already spoken for.
speak out, to express one’s opinion openly and unreservedly:
He was not afraid to speak out when it was something he believed in strongly.
so to speak, to use a manner of speaking; figuratively speaking:
We still don’t have our heads above water, so to speak.
speak by the book, to say with great authority or precision:
I can’t speak by the book, but I know this is wrong.
speak well for, to be an indication or reflection of (something commendable); testify admirably to:
Her manners speak well for her upbringing.
to speak of, worth mentioning:
The country has no mineral resources to speak of.
the past participle of speak
uttered through the medium of speech Compare written
(in combination) having speech as specified: soft-spoken
spoken for, engaged, reserved, or allocated
verb speaks, speaking, spoke, spoken
to make (verbal utterances); utter (words)
to communicate or express (something) in or as if in words: I speak the truth
(intransitive) to deliver a speech, discourse, etc
(transitive) to know how to talk in (a language or dialect): he does not speak German
(intransitive) to make a characteristic sound: the clock spoke
(intransitive) (of dogs, esp hounds used in hunting) to give tongue; bark
(transitive) (nautical) to hail and converse or communicate with (another vessel) at sea
(intransitive) (of a musical instrument) to produce a sound
(intransitive) foll by for. to be a representative or advocate (of): he speaks for all the members
on speaking terms, on good terms; friendly
so to speak, in a manner of speaking; as it were
speak one’s mind, to express one’s opinions frankly and plainly
to speak of, of a significant or worthwhile nature: we have had no support to speak of
- Spoken for
see: speak for , def. 3.
verb 1. a simple past tense of speak. 2. Nonstandard. a past participle of speak. 3. Archaic. a past participle of speak. noun 1. one of the bars, rods, or rungs radiating from the hub or nave of a wheel and supporting the rim or felloe. 2. something that resembles the spoke of a wheel. […]
noun 1. a cutting tool having a blade set between two handles, originally for shaping spokes, but now in general use for dressing curved edges of wood and forming round bars and shapes. noun 1. a small plane with two handles, one on each side of its blade, used for shaping or smoothing cylindrical wooden […]
noun, plural spokesmen. 1. a person who speaks for another or for a group. 2. a public speaker. noun (pl) -men, -persons, -people, -women 1. a person authorized to speak on behalf of another person, group of people, or organization