Synonyms of speak in English:


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1‘she refused to speak about the incident’

talk, say, say anything, say something
utter, state, declare, tell, voice, express, pronounce, articulate, enunciate, vocalize, verbalize
rare enounce

2‘we spoke the other day’

have a conversation, talk, have a talk, have a discussion, converse, communicate, chat, have a chat, pass the time of day, have a word, gossip, make conversation
informal have a confab, chew the fat, chew the rag
British informal natter, have a chinwag
North American informal shoot the breeze
rare confabulate

3‘the Minister spoke for two hours’

give a speech, give a talk, talk, lecture, give a lecture, deliver an address, give a sermon, hold forth, discourse, expound, expatiate, orate, harangue, sermonize, pontificate
informal spout, spiel, speechify, preachify, jaw, sound off, drone on

4‘he was spoken of as a promising student’

mention, make mention of, talk about, discuss, refer to, make reference to, bring in, introduce, remark on, comment on, allude to, advert to, deal with, treat

5‘his expression spoke disbelief’

indicate, mean, suggest, show, denote, display, demonstrate, be evidence of, register, reflect, reveal, betray, evince, disclose, exhibit, manifest
express, convey, signify, impart, bespeak, communicate, bear out, attest, testify to, prove, evidence
literary betoken

6‘we really must speak to him about his rudeness’

reprimand, rebuke, admonish, chastise, chide, upbraid, reprove, reproach, scold, remonstrate with, berate, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambaste, read someone the Riot Act, give someone a piece of one's mind, haul over the coals, lecture, criticize, censure
informal tell off, give someone a talking-to, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking, rap, rap over the knuckles, slap someone's wrist, send someone away with a flea in their ear, let someone have it, bawl out, give someone hell, come down on, blow up, pitch into, lay into, lace into, give someone a caning, put on the mat, slap down, blast, rag, keelhaul
British informal tick off, have a go at, carpet, monster, give someone a mouthful, tear someone off a strip, give someone what for, give someone stick, wig, give someone a wigging, give someone a row, row
North American informal chew out, ream out
British vulgar slang bollock, give someone a bollocking
North American vulgar slang chew someone's ass, ream someone's ass
dated call down, rate, give someone a rating, trim
rare reprehend, objurgate


    speak for

    1‘the MP who speaks for the Liberal Democrats on education’


    2‘who would like to speak for the motion?’



    speak against, oppose

    speak out/up

    ‘women have been speaking out on this issue for some time’


    speak up

    ‘you'll have to speak up to be heard’


    North American informal