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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
speak•ing /ˈspikɪŋ/USA pronunciation  adj. 
  1. used when talking normally:His speaking voice barely rose above a whisper.
  1. (not) on speaking terms, (not) communicating or friendly:(not) on speaking terms with her sister.
  2. speaking of, [no object] (used to make a connection between a subject that has been raised and a new subject related to the first one):I like the custom of bringing presents to someone's home when you visit. Speaking of presents, you should get a box from us before Christmas.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
speak•ing  (spēking), 
  1. the act, utterance, or discourse of a person who speaks.
  2. Literaturespeakings, literary works composed for recitation, as ancient bardic poetry;
    oral literature.

  • that speaks.
  • used in, suited to, or involving speaking or talking:the speaking voice.
  • Rhetoricof or pertaining to declamation.
  • giving information as if by speech:a speaking proof of a thing.
  • highly expressive:speaking eyes.
  • lifelike:a speaking likeness.
  • not on speaking terms, not or no longer in a relationship of open, willing, or ready communication, as because of resentment or estrangement:They had a squabble during the holidays, and now they're not on speaking terms.
  • on speaking terms: 
    • in a relationship close enough for or limited to friendly superficialities:I don't know the hosts well, but we are certainly on speaking terms.
    • in a relationship of open, willing, or ready communication:Now that the debt has been settled, I hope you and your partner are on speaking terms again.
    Middle English;
    see speak, -ing1, -ing2
    speaking•ly, adv. 
    speaking•ness, n. 

    WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
    speak /spik/USA pronunciation   v., spoke/spoʊk/USA pronunciation  spo•ken/ˈspoʊkən/USA pronunciation  speak•ing. 
    1. to say words or pronounce sounds with the ordinary voice;
      talk: [no object]He was too frightened to speak.[+ object]He spoke a few words.
    2. [no object] to communicate with the voice; mention:I'll speak to him about your problem tomorrow.
    3. [no object] to converse:They're so mad at each other they're not even speaking anymore.
    4. [no object] to deliver an address, discourse, etc.:She spoke to our group about the concerns of women.
    5. to use, or be able to use, (a language) as a way of communicating: [+ object]We tried to speak Russian.[no object]Try speaking in German.
    6. speak for, [+ for + object] to speak in behalf of:I'd like to speak for our partner, who can't be here today.
    1. Idiomsso to speak, [no object] figuratively speaking:We lost our shirt, so to speak.
    2. Idiomsspeak well for, [+ object] to be an indication or reflection of (someone or something good or worthy of praise):Hiring that new coach speaks well for our chances of winning this year.
    3. Idiomsto speak of, [no object] (used with a negative word or phrase) worth mentioning; hardly at all:They have no debts to speak of.

    Compare speak, say, and talk. We use speak before the name of a language:She speaks good Russian,and to express a more formal sense than talk, sometimes with the preposition with or to:May I speak with the boss?The word say is used most often to describe the words one uses in communicating:I didn't say much, just a few words.Sometimes say takes the preposition to; it does not usually take with:I said hello to her, but she didn't say anything to me.The word talk suggests communicating with another, so that there is an exchange;
    it may take the preposition to or with:At last the two warring sides sat down and began to talk to each other. We talked with him about our problem.

    -speak, suffix. 
    -speak is attached to the ends of words and sometimes roots to form compound nouns that name the style or vocabulary of a certain field of work, interest, etc., that is mentioned in the first word or root:ad(vertising) + -speak → adspeak (= the jargon of advertising); art + -speak → artspeak (= the language used in discussing art).

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    speak (spēk), 
    v., spoke  or (Archaic)spake;
      or (Archaic)spoke;

  • to utter words or articulate sounds with the ordinary voice;
    talk:He was too ill to speak.
  • to communicate vocally; mention:to speak to a person of various matters.
  • to converse:She spoke with him for an hour.
  • to deliver an address, discourse, etc.:to speak at a meeting.
  • to make a statement in written or printed words.
  • to communicate, signify, or disclose by any means; convey significance.
  • Phonetics[Phonet.]to produce sounds or audible sequences of individual or concatenated sounds of a language, esp. through phonation, amplification, and resonance, and through any of a variety of articulatory processes.
  • Computing(of a computer) to express data or other information audibly by means of an audio response unit.
  • Computingto emit a sound, as a musical instrument;
    make a noise or report.
  • British Terms[Chiefly Brit.](of dogs) to bark when ordered.
  • Sport[Fox Hunting.](of a hound or pack) to bay on finding a scent.

  • v.t. 
  • to utter vocally and articulately:to speak words of praise.
  • to express or make known with the voice:to speak the truth.
  • to declare in writing or printing, or by any means of communication.
  • to make known, indicate, or reveal.
  • to use, or be able to use, in oral utterance, as a language:to speak French.
  • Computing(of a computer) to express or make known (data, prompts, etc.) by means of an audio response unit.
  • Nautical, Naval Terms[Naut.]to communicate with (a passing vessel) at sea, as by voice or signal:We spoke a whaler on the fourth day at sea.
  • [Archaic.]to speak to or with.
  • so to speak, to use a manner of speaking; figuratively speaking:We still don't have our heads above water, so to speak.
  • speak by the book, to say with great authority or precision:I can't speak by the book, but I know this is wrong.
  • speak for: 
    • to intercede for or recommend; speak in behalf of.
    • to express or articulate the views of;
    • to choose or prefer;
      have reserved for oneself:This item is already spoken for.
  • speak out, to express one's opinion openly and unreservedly:He was not afraid to speak out when it was something he believed in strongly.
  • speak well for, to be an indication or reflection of (something commendable); testify admirably to:Her manners speak well for her upbringing.
  • to speak of, worth mentioning:The country has no mineral resources to speak of.
  • Etymology:bef. 900; Middle English speken, Old English specan, variant of sprecan;
    cognate with German sprechen (Old High German sprehhan;
    compare variant spehhan)
    speaka•ble, adj. 
    speaka•ble•ness, n. 
    speaka•bly, adv. 
    1 . Speak, converse, talk mean to make vocal sounds, usually for purposes of communication. To speak often implies conveying information and may apply to anything from an informal remark to a scholarly presentation to a formal address:to speak sharply;
    to speak before Congress.
    To converse is to exchange ideas with someone by speaking:to converse with a friend.To talk is a close synonym for to speak but usually refers to less formal situations:to talk about the weather; to talk with a friend.12 . pronounce, articulate.13 . say.15 . disclose.

    a combining form extracted from newspeak, used in the formation of compound words, usually derogatory, that denote the style or vocabulary of a discipline, person, era, etc., as specified by the initial element:adspeak; artspeak;

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    speaking /ˈspiːkɪŋ/ adj
    1. (prenominal) eloquent, impressive, or striking
    2. able to speak
    3. (in combination) able to speak a particular language: French-speaking

    speak /spiːk/ vb (speaks, speaking, spoke, spoken)
    1. to make (verbal utterances); utter (words)
    2. to communicate or express (something) in or as if in words
    3. (intransitive) to deliver a speech, discourse, etc
    4. (transitive) to know how to talk in (a language or dialect): he does not speak German
    5. (intransitive) to make a characteristic sound: the clock spoke
    6. (intransitive) (of dogs, esp hounds used in hunting) to give tongue; bark
    7. (transitive) to hail and converse or communicate with (another vessel) at sea
    8. (intransitive) (of a musical instrument) to produce a sound
    9. on speaking termson good terms; friendly
    10. so to speakin a manner of speaking; as it were
    11. speak one's mindto express one's opinions frankly and plainly
    12. to speak ofof a significant or worthwhile nature: we have had no support to speak of

    See also speak for, speak out, speak to, speak upEtymology: Old English specan; related to Old High German spehhan, Middle High German spechten to gossip, Middle Dutch speken; see speech

    ˈspeakable adj


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