To speak out


To speak out
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. [1913 Webster]

Till at the last spake in this manner. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth. --1 Sam. iii. 9. [1913 Webster]

2. To express opinions; to say; to talk; to converse. [1913 Webster]

That fluid substance in a few minutes begins to set, as the tradesmen speak. --Boyle. [1913 Webster]

An honest man, is able to speak for himself, when a knave is not. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

During the century and a half which followed the Conquest, there is, to speak strictly, no English history. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

3. To utter a speech, discourse, or harangue; to adress a public assembly formally. [1913 Webster]

Many of the nobility made themselves popular by speaking in Parliament against those things which were most grateful to his majesty. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]

4. To discourse; to make mention; to tell. [1913 Webster]

Lycan speaks of a part of C[ae]sar's army that came to him from the Leman Lake. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

5. To give sound; to sound. [1913 Webster]

Make all our trumpets speak. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. To convey sentiments, ideas, or intelligence as if by utterance; as, features that speak of self-will. [1913 Webster]

Thine eye begins to speak. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To say; tell; talk; converse; discourse; articulate; pronounce; utter. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • speak out — or[speak up] {v.} 1. To speak in a loud or clear voice. * /The trucker told the shy boy to speak up./ 2. To speak in support of or against someone or something. * /Willie spoke up for Dan as club president./ * /Ed spoke up against letting girls… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • speak out — or[speak up] {v.} 1. To speak in a loud or clear voice. * /The trucker told the shy boy to speak up./ 2. To speak in support of or against someone or something. * /Willie spoke up for Dan as club president./ * /Ed spoke up against letting girls… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • speak out — / speak up [v] make one’s position known assert, come out with, declare, have one’s say*, insist, let voice be heard*, make oneself heard, make plain, say loud and clear*, sound off*, speak loudly, speak one’s mind*, stand up for; concepts 49,57… …   New thesaurus

  • speak out (against something) — ˌspeak ˈout (against sth) derived to state your opinions publicly, especially in opposition to sth and in a way that takes courage • He was the only one to speak out against the decision. • I will continue to speak out on matters of public… …   Useful english dictionary

  • speak\ out — • speak out • speak up v 1. To speak in a loud or clear voice. The trucker told the shy boy to speak up. 2. To speak in support of or against someone or something. Willie spoke up for Dan as club president. Ed spoke up against letting girls join… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • speak out of turn — {v. phr.} To say something tactless; commit an indiscretion. * /You spoke out of turn in criticizing Aunt Hermione s old furniture; she considers herself quite a connoisseur on the subject./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • speak out of turn — {v. phr.} To say something tactless; commit an indiscretion. * /You spoke out of turn in criticizing Aunt Hermione s old furniture; she considers herself quite a connoisseur on the subject./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • speak-out — (spēkʹout ) n. A gathering at which people relate their experiences or opinions about a specified topic or concern. * * * …   Universalium

  • speak out — index disclose, manifest Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • speak out — verb express one s opinion openly and without fear or hesitation John spoke up at the meeting • Syn: ↑opine, ↑speak up, ↑animadvert, ↑sound off • Derivationally related forms: ↑opinionative ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • speak out — v. 1) (D; intr.) to speak out about, concerning, on (to speak out on a subject) 2) (d; intr.) to speak out against ( to oppose ) (to speak out against a proposal) 3) (d; intr.) to speak out for ( to support ) (to speak out for a proposal) * * * [ …   Combinatory dictionary