Speek vs. Speak

By Jaxson

  • Speek

    Heli Speek (born Häili Speek, 1948) is an Estonian documentary filmmaker. She is best known for her award-winning documentary titled Metskuninganna. Translated, this title means “Forest Queen.” Released in 1999, it is a 28-minute documentary about a woman who lives alone in an Estonian forest with her dogs. For the film, Ms. Speek won first prize for a documentary short at the 2000 Balticum Film Festival in Denmark and the Best Documentary Award at the 2000 Blue Sea Film Festival in Finland.

  • Speak (verb)

    To communicate with one’s voice, to say words out loud.

    “I was so surprised I couldn’t speak.”

    “You’re speaking too fast.”

  • Speak (verb)

    To have a conversation.

    “It’s been ages since we’ve spoken.”

  • Speak (verb)

    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.”

    “Actions speak louder than words.”

  • Speak (verb)

    To deliver a message to a group; to deliver a speech.

    “This evening I shall speak on the topic of correct English usage.”

  • Speak (verb)

    To be able to communicate in a language.

    “He speaks Mandarin fluently.”

  • Speak (verb)

    To utter.

    “I was so surprised that I couldn’t speak a word.”

  • Speak (verb)

    To communicate (some fact or feeling); to bespeak, to indicate.

  • Speak (verb)

    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++?”

  • Speak (verb)

    To produce a sound; to sound.

  • Speak (verb)

    To address; to accost; to speak to.

  • Speak (noun)

    language, jargon, or terminology used uniquely in a particular environment or group.

    “Corporate speak; IT speak.”

  • Speak (noun)

    Speach, conversation.

  • Speak (noun)

    a low class bar, a speakeasy.

  • Speak (verb)

    say something in order to convey information or to express a feeling

    “in his agitation he was unable to speak”

    “she refused to speak about the incident”

  • Speak (verb)

    have a conversation

    “last time we spoke, you told me you couldn’t do the job”

    “I’ll speak to him if he rings up”

  • Speak (verb)

    utter (a word, message, etc.)

    “patients copy words spoken by the therapist”

  • Speak (verb)

    communicate in or be able to communicate in (a specified language)

    “my mother spoke Russian”

  • Speak (verb)

    make a speech or contribute to a debate

    “twenty thousand people attended to hear him speak”

  • Speak (verb)

    express the views or position of (another)

    “he claimed to speak for the majority of local people”

  • Speak (verb)

    convey one’s views or position indirectly

    “speaking through his solicitor, he refused to join the debate”

  • Speak (verb)

    answer (a question) or address (an issue or problem)

    “we should be disappointed if the report did not speak to the issue of literacy”

  • Speak (verb)

    mention or discuss in speech or writing

    “the books speak of betrayal”

  • Speak (verb)

    talk to in order to reprove or advise

    “she tried to speak to Seb about his drinking”

  • Speak (verb)

    talk to in order to give or obtain information

    “he had spoken to the police”

  • Speak (verb)

    discuss or comment on formally

    “the Church wants to speak to real issues”

  • Speak (verb)

    appeal or relate to

    “the story spoke to him directly”

  • Speak (verb)

    (of behaviour, an object, etc.) serve as evidence for something

    “his frame spoke tiredness”

    “everything in the house spoke of hard times and neglect”

  • Speak (verb)

    show (someone or something) to be in a particular state or to possess a certain quality

    “she had seen nothing that spoke him of immoral habits”

  • Speak (verb)

    (of a musical instrument or other object) make a sound when functioning

    “insufficient air circulates for the pipes to speak”

    “the gun spoke again”

  • Speak (verb)

    (of a hound) bark.

Oxford Dictionary

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