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speak

  
  ( speaks    3rd person present)   ( speaking    present participle)   ( spoke    past tense)   ( spoken    past participle  )
1       verb   When you speak, you use your voice in order to say something.  
He tried to speak, but for once, his voice had left him...      V  
I rang the hotel and spoke to Louie...      V to/with n  
She says she must speak with you at once...      V to/with n  
She cried when she spoke of Oliver.      V of/about n  
...as I spoke these idiotic words.      V n  
  spoken      adj   ADJ n  
...a marked decline in the standards of written and spoken English in Britain.     
2       verb   When someone speaksto a group of people, they make a speech.  
When speaking to the seminar Mr Franklin spoke of his experience, gained on a recent visit to Trinidad...      V to n  
He's determined to speak at the Democratic Convention...      V  
The President spoke of the need for territorial compromise.      V of n  
3       verb   If you speak for a group of people, you make their views and demands known, or represent them.  
He said it was the job of the Church to speak for the underprivileged...      V for n  
I speak for all 7,000 members of our organization...      V for n  
4       verb   If you speak a foreign language, you know the language and are able to have a conversation in it.  
He doesn't speak English...      V n  
5       verb   People sometimes mention something that has been written by saying what the author speaks of.  
Throughout the book Liu speaks of the abuse of Party power...      V of n  
St Paul speaks of the body as the `temple of the Holy Spirit'.      V of n as n  
6       v-recip   If two people arenotspeaking, they no longer talk to each other because they have quarrelled.  
with neg  
He is not speaking to his mother because of her friendship with his ex-wife...      V to n  
The co-stars are still not speaking.      pl-n V  
7       verb   If you say that something speaks foritself, you mean that its meaning or quality is so obvious that it does not need explaining or pointing out.  
no cont  
...the figures speak for themselves<endash>low order books, bleak prospects at home and a worsening outlook for exports...      V for pron-refl  
8   
    speaking  
9    If you say `Speak for yourself' when someone has said something, you mean that what they have said is only their opinion or applies only to them.  
INFORMAL  
speak for yourself      convention  
`We're not blaming you,' Kate said. `Speak for yourself,' Boris muttered.     
10    If a person or thing is spoken for or has been spoken for, someone has claimed them or asked for them, so no-one else can have them.  
be spoken for             phrase   V inflects  
She'd probably drop some comment about her `fiancé' into the conversation so that he'd think she was already spoken for...     
11    Nothing to speak of means `hardly anything' or `only unimportant things'.  
to speak of      phrase   n PHR, with brd-neg  
They have no weaponry to speak of..., `Any fresh developments?'<emdash>`Nothing to speak of.'     
12    If you speak well of someone or speak highly of someone, you say good things about them. If you speak ill of someone, you criticize them.  
speak well/highly/ill of sb      phrase   V inflects, PHR n  
Both spoke highly of the Russian president..., It seemed she found it difficult to speak ill of anyone.     
13    You use so to speak to draw attention to the fact that you are describing or referring to something in a way that may be amusing or unusual rather than completely accurate.  
so to speak      phrase   PHR with cl  
I ought not to tell you but I will, since you're in the family, so to speak...     
14    If you are on speaking termswith someone, you are quite friendly with them and often talk to them.  
on speaking terms      phrase   usu v-link PHR, oft PHR with n  
For a long time her mother and her grandmother had hardly been on speaking terms.     
15   
    to speak your mind  
    mind  
    to speak volumes  
    volume   speak out      phrasal verb   If you speak out against something or in favour of something, you say publicly that you think it is bad or good.  
As tempers rose, he spoke out strongly against some of the radical ideas for selling off state-owned property...      V P prep  
Even then, she continued to speak out at rallies around the country.      V P   speak up  
1       phrasal verb   If you speak up, you say something, especially to defend a person or protest about something, rather than just saying nothing.  
Uncle Herbert never argued, never spoke up for himself...      V P for n  
2       phrasal verb   If you ask someone to speak up, you are asking them to speak more loudly.  
no cont  
I'm quite deaf<endash>you'll have to speak up.      V P  
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spoken     
Spoken is the past participle of speak.  


plain-spoken      , plainspoken  
If you say that someone is plain-spoken, you mean that they say exactly what they think, even when they know that what they say may not please other people.      adj  
  (approval)   
(=frank)  
...a plain-spoken American full of scorn for pomp and pretense.     
soft-spoken     
Someone who is soft-spoken has a quiet, gentle voice.      adj  
He was a gentle, soft-spoken intelligent man.     
-spoken     
-spoken combines with adverbs and adjectives to form adjectives which indicate how someone speaks.      comb in adj  
The woman was smartly dressed and well-spoken., ...a soft-spoken man in his early thirties.     
spoken word     
Thespoken word is used to refer to language expressed in speech, for example in contrast to written texts or music.      n-sing   usu the N  
There is a potential educational benefit in allowing pictures to tell the story, rather than the spoken word.     
well-spoken      , well spoken  
A well-spoken person speaks in a polite correct way and with an accent which is considered socially acceptable.      adj  
I remember her as a quiet, hard-working and well-spoken girl.     

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spoken

  
  
by word of mouth, expressed, oral, phonetic, put into words, said, told, unwritten, uttered, verbal, viva voce, voiced  


plain-spoken     
blunt, candid, direct, downright, explicit, forthright, frank, open, outright, outspoken, straightforward, unequivocal, upfront     (informal)  
  
Antonyms     
   diplomatic, discreet, evasive, guarded, indirect, reticent, subtle, tactful, thoughtful  

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spoken, -spoken, spoken word, well spoken

Dictionnaire Collaboratif     Anglais pour Apprenants
exp.
not to be able to act like a man, be a pussy
slang
v.
to be lost
he went missing my dog went missing for three days
exp.
be stupid
expression used when someone becomes irritating
exp.
behave in a manner that is commonly considered as specific to women
[Fam.] it is used most frequently when referring to men who show lack of courage or an excessive shyness or sensitivity. E.g Don't be a pussy; You're such a pussy
exp.
Slang expression meaning one being annoying.
"You`re a prick when you ask those questions."
v.
aimer
exp.
be a man
familiar
exp.
to be staggering
Das ist ein Hammer!
exp.
be kept waiting
v.
be exactly right
[Fam.] Ex.: Her guess was right on the money.
exp.
be tone-deaf
comes from a pun related to Van Gogh (a painter) cutting off his left ear and the expression "have an ear for music" = be particularly good at learning music
adj.
able to be seen
[US] Ex.: the car in front of us was visible because we had the lights on
exp.
to be unable to think for oneself
used in a condescending way
exp.
if you can't be arsed to do something, you can't be bothered to do it (you are too lazy to do it)
colloquial, British, very common
exp.
be in a good shape
exp.
to be left in a state of confusion or uncertainty
exp.
be consumed by an emotion; experience an intense feeling
be beside oneself with joy/ grief/ anger etc.
v.
be the best; shine; dominate
"He/She rocks!/ You rock!" - it's said with admiration for someone whom you consider the best
n.
Could be a drug user?
exp.
think alike about a certain topic; be aligned in opinions; feel the same way about smth.
n.
[child] to be sent to a care organization run by the social services, or to be looked after by foster parents
exp.
disappear ; be absent; leave (temporary or for good)
E.g. "Now, that the parents are out of the picture, we can throw a party". (meaning=Now, that the parents left, that they are no longer here) "James is out of the picture, him and Mary split up"
exp.
be/not be interested in getting married and having a family
exp.
be very expensive; cost a lot
exp.
to be likely to do something
banks set to miss lending targets
n.
is a sarcastic phrase, actualy point's out someone's pessimism

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