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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Speak
  1. To utter words or articulate sounds, as human beings; to express thoughts by words; as, the organs may be so obstructed that a man may not be able to speak ."Till at the last spake in this manner." [Chaucer.]" Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth." [1 Sam. iii. 9.]
  2. To express opinions; to say; to talk; to converse."That fluid substance in a few minutes begins to set, as the tradesmen speak." [Boyle.]"An honest man, is able to speak for himself, when a knave is not." [Shak.]"During the century and a half which followed the Conquest, there is, to speak strictly, no English history." [Macaulay.]
  3. To utter a speech, discourse, or harangue; to adress a public assembly formally."Many of the nobility made themselves popular by speaking in Parliament against those things which were most grateful to his majesty." [Clarendon.]
  4. To discourse; to make mention; to tell."Lycan speaks of a part of Cæsar's army that came to him from the Leman Lake." [Addison.]
  5. To give sound; to sound."Make all our trumpets speak." [Shak.]
  6. To convey sentiments, ideas, or intelligence as if by utterance; as, features that speak of self-will."Thine eye begins to speak." [Shak.]
    synonyms: To say; tell; talk; converse; discourse; articulate; pronounce; utter.

Etymology: OE. speken, AS. specan sprecan; akin to OF.ries. spreka, D. spreken, OS. spreken, G. sprechen, OHG. sprehhan, and perhaps to Skr. sphūrj to crackle, to thunder. Cf. Spark of fire, Speech

verb Speak
  1. To utter with the mouth; to pronounce; to utter articulately, as human beings."They sat down with him upn ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him." [Job. ii. 13.]
  2. To utter in a word or words; to say; to tell; to declare orally; as, to speak the truth; to speak sense.
  3. To declare; to proclaim; to publish; to make known; to exhibit; to express in any way."It is my father;s muste To speak your deeds." [Shak.]" Speaking a still good morrow with her eyes." [Tennyson.]"And for the heaven's wide circuit, let it speak The maker's high magnificence." [Milton.]"Report speaks you a bonny monk." [Sir W. Scott.]
  4. To talk or converse in; to utter or pronounce, as in conversation; as, to speak Latin."And French she spake full fair and fetisely." [Chaucer.]
  5. To address; to accost; to speak to."He will] thee in hope; he will speak thee fair." [Ecclus. xiii. 6.]"each village senior paused to scan And speak the lovely caravan." [Emerson.]
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Express in speech
  2. Exchange thoughts; talk with
  3. Use language ("the prisoner won't speak" and "they speak a strange dialect")
  4. Give a speech to
  5. Make a characteristic or natural sound

From Middle English speken (“to speak”), from Old English specan (“to speak”), alteration of earlier sprecan (“to speak”), from Proto-Germanic *sprekaną (“to speak, make a sound”), from Proto-Indo-European *spreg- (“to make a sound, utter, speak”). Cognate with West Frisian sprekke, Low German spreken (“to speak”), Dutch spreken (“to speak”), German sprechen (“to speak”), Swedish språk (“language”) and also with Albanian shpreh (“to utter, voice, express”) through Indo-European.

  1. language, jargon, or terminology used uniquely in a particular environment or group.
    Corporate ; IT .
  2. Speach, conversation.
  3. (dated) a low class bar, a speakeasy.

speak was also found in the following language(s): Scots

Notable Persons Named Speak

Speak is a hip hop music and political hip hop musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 2000 to present. Speak was given the name Tamás Deák on May 31st, 1976 in Budapest. Speak is also known as Speak, Tom Deak, Speak (stage name); Deak, and Tom (modeling name).


Notable Persons With the Last Name Speak

Speak is a hip hop music and political hip hop musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 2000 to present. Speak was given the name Tamás Deák on May 31st, 1976 in Budapest. Speak is also known as Speak, Tom Deak, Speak (stage name); Deak, and Tom (modeling name).


Rob was born on March 14th, 1972 in Tyldesley, Greater Manchester.


Jonathan Speak is an athlete for the Ballymena United F.C., Dundalk F.C., Derry City F.C., and Finn Harps F.C. Jonathan was born on August 12th, 1965 in Sion Mills, Northern Ireland.


Geoffrey Lowrey Speak was an educationist and headmaster. Geoffrey was born on October 6th, 1924. He left this life on March 13th, 2000.


Jeroen was born in 1969.


Gary was born on April 26th, 1962 in Chorley.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Speak U.S.
  White 98.05% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Speak

People with the last name Speak are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Speak

  • How Popular is the name Speak? As a last name Speak was the 42,308th most popular name in 2010.
  • How unique is the name Speak? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Speak was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Speak: Your name in reverse order is Kaeps. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Saepk. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Speak? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 513 people with the last name Speak.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Speak? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Speak as their last name since less than 1 person in 588k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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