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It Has 5 letters ( s p e a k )         2 vowels ( e a )         3 consonants ( s p k )         Word on the contrary kaeps

Which the in categoryENGLISH - ETYMOLOGY
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From Middle English _speken_ (“to speak”), from Old English _specan_ (“to speak”), alteration of earlier _sprecan_ (“to speak”), from Proto-Germanic _*sprekaną_ (“to speak, make a sound”), from Proto-Indo-European _*spreg-_ (“to make a sound, utter, speak”). Cognate with West Frisian _sprekke_, Low German _spreken_ (“to speak”), Dutch _spreken_ (“to speak”), German _sprechen_ (“to speak”), Swedish _språk_ (“language”) and also with Albanian _shpreh_ (“to utter, voice, express”) through Indo-European.

From Middle English speken (to speak), from Old English specan (to speak), alteration of earlier sprecan (to speak), from Proto-Germanic *sprekaną (to speak, make a sound), from Proto-Indo-European *spreg- (to make a sound, utter, speak). Cognate with West Frisian sprekke, Low German spreken (to speak), Dutch spreken (to speak), German sprechen (to speak), Swedish språk (language) and also with Albanian shpreh (to utter, voice, express) through Indo-European.

Which the in categoryENGLISH - PRONUNCIATION
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English - Pronunciation

* enPR: spēk, IPA(key): /spiːk/ * Rhymes: -iːk

  • enPR: spēk, IPA(key): /spiːk/
  • Rhymes: -iːk

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SPEAK (_third-person singular simple present_ SPEAKS, _present participle_ SPEAKING, _simple past_ SPOKE _or_ SPAKE, _past participle_ SPOKEN) * (intransitive) To communicate with one's voice, to say words out loud. _I was so surprised I couldn't SPEAK.   You're SPEAKING too fast._ * (intransitive) To have a conversation. _It's been ages since we've SPOKEN._ * (by extension) To communicate or converse by some means other than orally, such as writing or facial expressions. _He SPOKE of it in his diary.   SPEAK to me only with your eyes.   I just SPOKE with them on IRC.   Actions SPEAK louder than words._ * (intransitive) To deliver a message to a group; to deliver a speech. _This evening I shall SPEAK on the topic of correct English usage._ * (transitive) To be able to communicate in a language. _He SPEAKS Mandarin fluently._ * (transitive) To utter. * 1611, _Authorized King James Version_ (Bible translation), Jeremiah 9:5: And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to SPEAK lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity. _I was so surprised that I couldn't SPEAK a word._ * (transitive) To communicate (some fact or feeling); to bespeak, to indicate. * 1851, Herman Melville, _Moby-Dick_: There he sat, his very indifference SPEAKING a nature in which there lurked no civilized hypocrisies and bland deceits. * (informal, transitive, sometimes humorous) To understand (as though it were a language). _Sorry, I don't SPEAK idiot.   So you can program in C. But do you SPEAK C++?_ * (intransitive) To produce a sound; to sound. * Shakespeare Make all our trumpets SPEAK. * (transitive, archaic) To address; to accost; to speak to. * Bible, Ecclus. xiii. 6 [He will] thee in hope; he will SPEAK thee fair. * Emerson Each village senior paused to scan / And SPEAK the lovely caravan. SYNONYMS * articulate, talk, verbalize DERIVED TERMS RELATED TERMS * speech TRANSLATIONS

speak (third-person singular simple present speaks, present participle speaking, simple past spoke or spake, past participle spoken)

  1. (intransitive) To communicate with one's voice, to say words out loud.
    I was so surprised I couldn't speak.   You're speaking too fast.
  2. (intransitive) To have a conversation.
    It's been ages since we've spoken.
  3. (by extension) To communicate or converse by some means other than orally, such as writing or facial expressions.
    He spoke of it in his diary.   Speak to me only with your eyes.   I just spoke with them on IRC.   Actions speak louder than words.
  4. (intransitive) To deliver a message to a group; to deliver a speech.
    This evening I shall speak on the topic of correct English usage.
  5. (transitive) To be able to communicate in a language.
    He speaks Mandarin fluently.
  6. (transitive) To utter.
    I was so surprised that I couldn't speak a word.
  7. (transitive) To communicate (some fact or feeling); to bespeak, to indicate.
  8. (informal, transitive, sometimes humorous) To understand (as though it were a language).
    Sorry, I don't speak idiot.   So you can program in C. But do you speak C++?
  9. (intransitive) To produce a sound; to sound.
  10. (transitive, archaic) To address; to accost; to speak to.

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Which the in categoryENGLISH - NOUN
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English - Noun

SPEAK (_plural_ SPEAKS) * (dated) a low class bar, a speakeasy.

speak (plural speaks)

  1. (dated) a low class bar, a speakeasy.

Which the in categoryENGLISH - ANAGRAMS
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English - Anagrams

* spake * peaks

Which the in categorySCOTS - PRONUNCIATION
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Scots - Pronunciation

* IPA(key): [spɪk] * (North Northern Scots) IPA(key): [spɛk]

Which the in categorySCOTS - VERB
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Scots - Verb

TAE SPEAK (_third-person singular simple present_ SPEAKS, _present participle_ SPEAKIN, _simple past_ SPAK, _past participle_ SPOKEN) * to speak DERIVED TERMS

tae speak (third-person singular simple present speaks, present participle speakin, simple past spak, past participle spoken)

  1. to speak

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