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English verb: speak

1. speak (communication) express in speech

SamplesShe talks a lot of nonsense.
This depressed patient does not verbalize.

Synonymsmouth, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)communicate, intercommunicate

Narrower (hyponym)babble, bark, bay, begin, blab, blabber, blubber, blubber out, blunder, blunder out, blurt, blurt out, bumble, cackle, chant, chatter, chatter, clack, deliver, drone, drone on, ejaculate, enthuse, falter, gabble, generalise, generalize, gibber, gulp, hiss, inflect, intone, jabber, jaw, lip off, maunder, maunder, modulate, mouth off, mumble, murmur, mussitate, mutter, open up, palaver, peep, phonate, piffle, prate, prattle, present, rabbit on, rant, rasp, rattle on, rave, read, shoot one's mouth off, shout, sibilate, sing, siss, sizz, slur, snap, snarl, snivel, speak in tongues, speak up, spout, stammer, stutter, swallow, talk about, talk of, tattle, tittle-tattle, tone, tone, troll, twaddle, verbalise, verbalize, vocalise, vocalize, whiff, whine, whisper, yack, yack away, yap away

Verb groupverbalise, verbalize

2. speak (communication) exchange thoughts; talk with

SamplesWe often talk business.
Actions talk louder than words.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP.
Somebody ----s to somebody

Broader (hypernym)communicate, intercommunicate

Narrower (hyponym)butterfly, carry on, chat up, cheek, continue, converse, coquet, coquette, dally, discourse, discourse, dish the dirt, dissertate, dogmatise, dogmatize, flirt, go on, gossip, hold forth, level, mash, monologuise, monologuize, orate, philander, pontificate, proceed, rap, romance, soliloquise, soliloquize, spiel, talk down, talk turkey

3. speak (communication) use language

SamplesThe baby talks already.
The prisoner won't speak.
They speak a strange dialect.

ExamplesSam and Sue speak


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)communicate, intercommunicate

Narrower (hyponym)run on, slang, smatter

4. speak (communication) give a speech to

SamplesThe chairman addressed the board of trustees.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)blaze away, harangue, keynote, memorialise, memorialize

Entailspeak, talk

5. speak (perception) make a characteristic or natural sound

SamplesThe drums spoke.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)sound

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