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speak

Synonyms of speak in English:

verb

  • 1 she refused to speak about it
    talk, say anything/something;
    utter, state, declare, tell, voice, express, pronounce, articulate, enunciate, vocalize, verbalize
  • 2 we spoke the other day
    converse, have a conversation, talk, communicate, chat, pass the time of day, have a word, gossip
    informal have a confab, chew the fat
    formal confabulate
  • 3 the minister spoke for two hours
    give a speech, talk, lecture, hold forth, discourse, expound, expatiate, orate, sermonize, pontificate, declaim
  • 4 he was spoken of as a promising student
    mention, talk about, discuss, refer to, remark on, allude to, describe
  • 5 her expression spoke disbelief
    indicate, show, display, register, reveal, betray, exhibit, manifest, express, convey, impart, bespeak, communicate, evidence;
    formal evince
  • 6 you must speak to him about his rudeness
    reprimand, rebuke, admonish, chastise, chide, upbraid, reprove, reproach, scold, remonstrate with, take to task
    informal tell off, dress down, rap over the knuckles, come down on, give someone what for
    formal castigate
  • Quote

    If I am to speak for ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now.
    Woodrow Wilson, 28th US president

    Phrases

    speak for
    1
  • 1.1 she speaks for the Arts Council
    represent, act for, appear for, express the views of, be spokesperson for
  • 2.1 I spoke for the motion
    advocate, champion, uphold, defend, support, promote, recommend, back, endorse, sponsor, espouse
  • speak out
    2
    if you've got a grievance, then speak out
    speak publicly, speak openly, speak frankly, speak one's mind, sound off, stand up and be counted
    speak up
    3
    speak up so we can hear you
    speak loudly, speak clearly, raise one's voice;
    shout, yell, bellow
    informal holler
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