To express oneself.
To be on speaking terms: They are no longer speaking.
To deliver an address or lecture: The mayor spoke at the rally.
To make a statement in writing: The biography speaks of great loneliness.
To act as spokesperson: spoke for the entire staff.
To convey a message by nonverbal means: Actions speak louder than words.
To be expressive: spoke with her eyes.
To be appealing: His poetry speaks to one's heart.
To make a reservation or request. Often used with for: Is this dance spoken for? I spoke for the last slice of pizza.
To produce a characteristic sound: The drums spoke.
To give off a sound on firing. Used of guns or cannon.
To make communicative sounds.
To give an indication or a suggestion: His manners spoke of good upbringing.
To articulate in a speaking voice: spoke words of wisdom.
To converse in or be able to converse in (a language): speaks German.
To express aloud; tell: speak the truth.
To express in writing.
Nautical To hail and communicate with (another vessel) at sea.
To convey by nonverbal means: His eyes spoke volumes.
speak out To talk freely and fearlessly, as about a public issue.
speak up To speak loud enough to be audible.
speak up To speak without fear or hesitation.
so to speak In a manner of speaking: can't see the forest for the trees, so to speak.