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British English: /spiːk/
American English: /spik/

Translation of speak in Italian:

transitive verb pass. spoke [archaic] spake p.pass. spoken

  • 2 (tell, utter)
    dire (truth)
    recitare (poetry)
    pronunciare, dire (word, name)
    to speak one's mind
    esprimere la propria opinione o dire quel che si pensa

intransitive verb pass. spoke [archaic] spake p.pass. spoken

  • 3 (make a speech)
    (more formal) prendere la parola
    to speak from the floor (Politics)
    prendere la parola
    to speak about o on to speak for
    parlare in favore di (view, opinion, party)
  • 4 (express) [literary]to speak of
    manifestare, rivelare (suffering, effort, emotion)
    all creation spoke to me of love
    tutta la creazione mi trasmetteva amore
    that look spoke louder than words
    quello sguardo esprimeva più delle parole
    the poem, music speaks to me in a special way
    quella poesia, quella musica mi trasmette qualcosa di speciale
  • 5 [figurative] (make noise) (gun) this clarinet speaks, does not speak easily
    è facile, difficile fare emettere una nota a questo clarinetto

also: -speak noun in composti

Phrasal verbs

speak against:

speak against [something, somebody]

speak for:

speak for [something, somebody] 1.1 (on behalf of)
parlare per, parlare a nome di, per conto di
it speaks well for their efficiency that they answered so promptly
è un'ottima prova della loro efficienza che abbiano risposto così prontamente
to speak for oneself let him speak for himself
lascia che esprima la sua opinione
speaking for myself…
a mio parere…, secondo me…
speak for yourself! the facts speak for themselves
1.2 (reserve)to be spoken for
essere prenotato
that picture's already spoken for
quel quadro è già prenotato

speak out

esprimere la propria opinione, pronunciarsi (against contro) (in favour of a favore di)
don't be afraid! speak out!
non aver paura! parla francamente!

speak to:

speak to [something] (Administration)
discutere, commentare (item, motion)
please speak to the point

speak up

1 (louder) 2 (dare to speak)
parlare francamente, senza reticenze
to speak up for somebody, something
dichiararsi, pronunciarsi a favore di qualcuno, qualcosa
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