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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Speak  \Speak\,  v.  i.  [imp.  {Spoke}({Spake}Archaic);  p.  p. 
  {Spoken}({Spoke},  Obs.  or  Colloq.);  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Speaking}.]  [OE.  speken,  AS  specan,  sprecan  akin  to 
  OF.ries.  spreka  D.  spreken  OS  spreken  G.  sprechen  OHG. 
  sprehhan  and  perhaps  to  Skr.  sph[=u]rj  to  crackle,  to 
  thunder.  Cf  {Spark}  of  fire,  {Speech}.] 
  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. 
  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  C[ae]sar'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. 
  {To  speak  of},  to  take  account  of  to  make  mention  of 
  --Robynson  (More's  Utopia). 
  {To  speak  out},  to  speak  loudly  and  distinctly;  also  to 
  speak  unreservedly. 
  {To  speak  well  for},  to  commend;  to  be  favorable  to 
  {To  speak  with},  to  converse  with  ``Would  you  speak  with 
  me?''  --Shak. 
  Syn:  To  say  tell  talk;  converse;  discourse;  articulate; 
  pronounce;  utter. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Spoken  \Spo"ken\,  a.  [p.  p.  of  {Speak}.] 
  1.  Uttered  in  speech;  delivered  by  word  of  mouth;  oral;  as  a 
  spoken  narrative;  the  spoken  word 
  2.  Characterized  by  a  certain  manner  or  style  in  speaking;  -- 
  often  in  composition;  as  a  pleasant-spoken  man. 
  Methinks  you  're  better  spoken.  --Shak. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  uttered  through  the  medium  of  speech  or  characterized  by 
  speech;  sometimes  used  in  combination;  "a  spoken 
  message";  "the  spoken  language";  "a  soft-spoken 
  person";  "sharp-spoken"  [ant:  {written}] 
  2:  using  the  voice  in  speech;  "vocal  communication";  "either 
  silent  or  vocal  prayers";  "vocal  noises"  [syn:  {vocal}] 

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