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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 speak /ˈspik/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Speak v. i. [imp. Spoke (Spake Archaic); p. p. Spoken (Spoke, Obs. or Colloq.); p. pr. & vb. n. Speaking.]
 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 Caesar'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)

 Speak v. t.
 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.
 To speak a ship Naut., to hail and speak to her captain or commander.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This
           depressed patient does not verbalize" [syn: talk, utter,
            mouth, verbalize, verbalise]
      2: exchange thoughts; talk with; "We often talk business";
         "Actions talk louder than words" [syn: talk]
      3: use language; "the baby talks already"; "the prisoner won't
         speak"; "they speak a strange dialect" [syn: talk]
      4: give a speech to; "The chairman addressed the board of
         trustees" [syn: address]
      5: make a characteristic or natural sound; "The drums spoke"
      [also: spoken, spoke]