Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb speak

5 senses of speak

Sense 1
talk, speak, utter, mouth, verbalize, verbalise -- (express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize")
       => communicate, intercommunicate -- (transmit thoughts or feelings; "He communicated his anxieties to the psychiatrist")
          Phrasal Verb-> speak up#2

Sense 2
talk, speak -- (exchange thoughts; talk with; "We often talk business"; "Actions talk louder than words")
       => communicate, intercommunicate -- (transmit thoughts or feelings; "He communicated his anxieties to the psychiatrist")
          Phrasal Verb-> speak for#1

Sense 3
speak, talk -- (use language; "the baby talks already"; "the prisoner won't speak"; "they speak a strange dialect")
       => communicate, intercommunicate -- (transmit thoughts or feelings; "He communicated his anxieties to the psychiatrist")

Sense 4
address, speak -- (give a speech to; "The chairman addressed the board of trustees")

Sense 5
speak -- (make a characteristic or natural sound; "The drums spoke")
       => sound -- (give off a certain sound or sounds; "This record sounds scratchy")

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